What Is A Release Manager?
An individual who is responsible for managing a release.
A ReleaseManager does the following:
- Shepherds The Release Through The Approval Process
A Copy Of Policy Statement
Apache Committers, If you are responsible for posting software for public download, please be sure to read and follow the policy listed here: http://www.apache.org/dev/mirrors.html Some key points in this policy: 1. Software should not be distributed from project websites. Current releases should be mirrored by placing them under www.apache.org/dist/. 2. Older releases should go under archive.apache.org/dist/. Once a release is placed under www.apache.org/dist/ it will automatically be copied over to archive.apache.org and held there permanently, even after it is deleted from www.apache.org. If you currently have older releases on your project website, you can manually copy them to archive.apache.org/dist/. 3. Do not point downloaders directly at the www.apache.org/dist/ directories. Point to the mirrors using one of the techniques discussed on the above web page. If you need assistance in implementing URL redirection to direct downloaders to the new locations, or if you need any other help in implementing this policy, please contact the email@example.com mailing list. By following this policy, we will make the most efficient use of our resources and provide better service to our users. Thanks. Joshua.
A Distribution Taxonomy
This describes the characteristics of different kinds of distributions. The initial division of ASF releases is:
Nightly Builds These are simply builds from CVS HEAD made available for download. These live under cvs.apache.org/builds.
ASF Releases These are proper releases. They can be further subdived as follows:
Stable Releases These are official stable releases of the quality expected from the ASF. These can be subdivided as follows:
Current Stable Releases These are mirrored and live under www.apache.org/dist
Older Stable Releases These live under archive.apache.org/dist
Unstable Releases There are many different kinds of unstable releases and the same names may mean different things for different projects. These include release candidates, betas, alphas and milestones. They live under cvs.apache.org/dist
Announcements At Apache
If your project got an concensus on the release of the product, please make use of both the Apache Software Foundation Wide Announcement list and the announcement lists for each top level projects. Use the firstname.lastname@example.org team to help facilitate significant announcements.
(ASF-Wide Announcement list)
Please note that you can not post the ASF-wide announcement list without the usage of "apache.org" mail address. Also, please make sure that you have put 3-5 lines blurb for the project. (because most of the subscribers to announce.AT.apache.DOT.org list would not know what is XX-Project, generally speaking)
If you can, it would be highly recommended to put the SHA-1 pgp signature to the announcement mail. Of course, plaese make sure that your public key has been already put on the famous pgp sites (e.g. http://pgp.mit.edu/) and you have already used such key when you would make the .asc and .md5 file for the new product.
Other Helpful Resources At Apache
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