The kubernetes 1.12 release cycle is underway!
Detailed Schedule: http://bit.ly/k8s112-release-info
We have our set of volunteers for the release team listed here: https://git.k8s.io/sig-release/releases/release-1.12/release_team.md
The anticipated release schedule is posted (https://git.k8s.io/sig-release/releases/release-1.12/release-1.12.md) and key dates are also noted on the community calendar and below.
The primary process point to note for the cycle is that we aim to continue as in the prior release with a shorted code slush and code freeze period. This change seems to have gone well. But it is only possible with continued emphasis on improving test coverage and reliability and keeping a clean CI signal thoroughly the cycle especially for release-master-blocking and release-master-upgrade. The release team may be forced to pull in code freeze in order to give more stabilization time if tests are neglected, but will work throughout the cycle to avoid this and communicate more vigorously early in August if things are not trending positively.
As you may have seen already on k/dev, our features lead is actively collating feature information from SIGs. In addition to collecting information on planned feature coding, we want to remind SIGs of the need to have test cases demonstrating code readiness and early indication of whether new test cases are intended as release blocking as we head toward feature freeze at the end of July.
Similarly, we’re asking feature developers to make an earlier effort in this cycle to draft initial rough documentation and begin coordination with the docs team, as we’re finding documentation has trailed and this leads to lots of extra effort right at the end of the cycle.
Feature freeze: July 31, 2018
Begin code slush: Aug. 28, 2018
Begin code freeze: Sept. 4, 2018
End code freeze: Sept. 19, 2018
Release date: Sept. 25, 2018
On behalf of the 1.12 release team, I want to express our excitement. This is an amazing, collaborative community and we look forward to seeing what the release brings!