[PATCH wayland 4/4] contributing: document the release cycle freezes

Pekka Paalanen ppaalanen at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 10:32:03 UTC 2018

From: Pekka Paalanen <pekka.paalanen at collabora.co.uk>

These should be the conventions we have been using since 1.0, written
down more accurately.

Signed-off-by: Pekka Paalanen <pekka.paalanen at collabora.co.uk>
 CONTRIBUTING.md | 35 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 35 insertions(+)

index 9442d75..4273d99 100644
@@ -304,5 +304,40 @@ Maintainers and committers should encourage contributors to request commit
 rights, especially junior contributors tend to underestimate their skills.
+Stabilising for releases
+A release cycle ends with a stable release which also starts a new cycle and
+lifts any code freezes. Gradual code freezing towards a stable release starts
+with an alpha release. The release stages of a cycle are:
+- **Alpha release**:
+    Signified by version number #.#.91.
+    Major features must have landed before this. Major features include
+    invasive code motion and refactoring, high risk changes, and new stable
+    library ABI.
+- **Beta release**:
+    Signified by version number #.#.92.
+    Minor features must have landed before this. Minor features include all
+    new features that are not major, low risk changes, clean-ups, and
+    documentation. Stable ABI that was new in the alpha release can be removed
+    before a beta release if necessary.
+- **Release candidates (RC)**:
+    Signified by version number #.#.93 and up to #.#.99.
+    Bug fixes that are not release critical must have landed before this.
+    Release critical bug fixes can still be landed after this, but they may
+    call for another RC.
+- **Stable release**:
+    Signified by version number #.#.0.
+    Ideally no changes since the last RC.
+Mind that version #.#.90 is never released. It is used during development when
+no code freeze is in effect. Stable branches and point releases are not covered
+by the above.
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