[Rd] R 2.5.1 scheduled for October 3

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 21:47:43 +0200


This is to announce that we plan to release R version 2.6.0 on Wednesday October 3, 2007. The following information is mainly for developers, package maintainers and repository maintainers.

The planned procedure is

Sep  5: "Grand Feature" Freeze  2.6.0 alpha
Sep 19: Feature Freeze          2.6.0 beta
Sep 26: Code Freeze             2.6.0 RC
Oct  3: Release                 2.6.0

GFF: No major restructuring past this point FF: Feature set complete, only bugfixing from now on CF: Only critical bugfixes and platform build issues

Maintainers of recommended packages should notice that as they become part of the final R tarball, we expect them to follow a similar freeze pattern (and beware of potential CRAN delays, so please do not cut it too close to the deadlines).

Notice that the main structural discontinuities occurs at GFF:

The SVN repository is affected as follows

    The trunk version is set to "2.7.0 Under development (unstable)".     A new branch, R-2-7-branch is created.

This also implies new version numbers for "r-devel" and
"r-release-branch", in the sense of

http://developer.r-project.org/SVNtips.html

Also, "r-release-branch" needs to have its tag updated.

Repository maintainers may need to revise directory structures accordingly.

"R 2.5.1 Patched" will be closed to further development at GFF (as all
the release branches, it can be reopened if the need arises, we just don't anticipate such a need.)

The source alpha/beta/RC tarballs will be made available daily (barring build troubles) by a cron job running at 4AM CET, and the tarballs can be picked up at

http://cran.r-project.org/src/base-prerelease/

a little later.

The various freeze points are marked by changes to the VERSION file this is also done automatically by a cron job which runs just after midnight on the relevant days.

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