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SoftFeatureFreeze

Laszlo Ersek edited this page Nov 8, 2018 · 2 revisions

What is the soft feature freeze?

The soft feature freeze is the beginning of the stabilization phase of edk2's development process. By the date of the soft feature freeze, developers must have sent their patches to the mailing list and received positive maintainer reviews (Reviewed-by or Acked-by tags). This means that features, and in particular non-trivial ones, must have been accepted by maintainers before the soft freeze date.

Between the soft feature freeze and the hard feature freeze, previously reviewed and unit-tested features may be applied (or merged) to the master branch, for integration testing. Feature addition or enablement patches posted or reviewed after the soft feature freeze will be delayed until after the upcoming stable tag.

What should I do by the soft feature freeze?

As a maintainer, for any feature that you're targeting to the next stable tag, you should make sure that you've reviewed and accepted the patches related to the feature.

As a developer, you probably should target a date that is at least 1-2 weeks earlier than the soft freeze date. This will give the maintainer enough time to review and test your patches. For major features you should probably communicate with the maintainer about their intentions. It also helps if you:

  • Enter a Bugzilla ticket for the TianoCore Feature Requests product.

  • Optionally, write a Feature page in the edk2 wiki describing the feature and the motivation.

  • On the release planning wiki page, link to your Bugzilla entry and/or the feature wiki page.

  • Do all this early enough that you can work with the maintainer to get the review process underway.

(This definition is modeled after QEMU's soft feature freeze.)

Announcing the soft feature freeze

The proposed schedule for the active development cycle is shown in the EDK II Release Planning article. Shortly before the soft feature freeze, an announcement email is sent to the edk2-devel mailing list. The announcement is posted by one of the maintainers that are listed in Maintainers.txt, in section EDK II Releases.

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