2024.2 Dalmatian Release Schedule

2024.2 Dalmatian Release Schedule


Deadlines are generally the Thursday of the week on which they are noted below. Exceptions to this policy will be explicitly mentioned in the event description.

April 3, 2024 - October 2, 2024 (26 weeks)


Cross-project events

Project-specific events

Apr 01 - Apr 05

Apr 08 - Apr 12


Apr 15 - Apr 19


Apr 22 - Apr 26


Apr 29 - May 03


May 06 - May 10


May 13 - May 17


May 20 - May 24


May 27 - May 31


Jun 03 - Jun 07


Jun 10 - Jun 14


Jun 17 - Jun 21


Jun 24 - Jun 28


Jul 01 - Jul 05


Jul 08 - Jul 12


Jul 15 - Jul 19


Jul 22 - Jul 26


Jul 29 - Aug 02


Aug 05 - Aug 09


Aug 12 - Aug 16


Aug 19 - Aug 23


Aug 26 - Aug 30


Sep 02 - Sep 06


Sep 09 - Sep 13


Sep 16 - Sep 20


Sep 23 - Sep 27


Sep 30 - Oct 04


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Cross-project events

PTG (virtual)

From April 8 to April 12 we’ll have a virtual PTG to plan the Dalmatian release schedule.

Dalmatian-1 milestone

30 May, 2024 is the Dalmatian-1 milestone. See project-specific notes for relevant deadlines.

2024.1 Caracal Cycle-Trailing Release Deadline

All projects following the cycle-trailing release model must release their 2024.1 Caracal deliverables by 13 June, 2024.

Dalmatian-2 milestone

18 July, 2024 is the Dalmatian-2 milestone. See project-specific notes for relevant deadlines.

Membership Freeze

Projects must participate in at least two milestones in order to be considered part of the release. Projects made official after the second milestone, or which fail to produce milestone releases for at least one of the first and second milestones as well as the third milestone, are therefore not considered part of the release for the cycle. This does not apply to cycle-trailing packaging / lifecycle management projects.

Extra-AC freeze

All contributions to OpenStack are valuable, but some are not expressed as Gerrit code changes. That allow teams to list active contributors to their projects and who do not have a code contribution this cycle, and therefore won’t automatically be considered an Active Contributor and allowed to vote. This is done by adding extra-acs to https://opendev.org/openstack/governance/src/branch/master/reference/projects.yaml before the Extra-AC freeze date.

Final release for non-client libraries

Libraries that are not client libraries (Oslo and others) should issue their final release during this week. That allows to give time for last-minute changes before feature freeze.

Dalmatian-3 milestone

29 August, 2024 is the Dalmatian-3 milestone. See project-specific notes for relevant deadlines.

Feature freeze

The Dalmatian-3 milestone marks feature freeze for projects following the release:cycle-with-rc model. No featureful patch should be landed after this point. Exceptions may be granted by the project PTL.

Final release for client libraries

Client libraries should issue their final release during this week, to match feature freeze.

Soft StringFreeze

You are no longer allowed to accept proposed changes containing modifications in user-facing strings. Such changes should be rejected by the review team and postponed until the next series development opens (which should happen when RC1 is published).

Requirements freeze

After the Dalmatian-3 milestone, only critical requirements and constraints changes will be allowed. Freezing our requirements list gives packagers downstream an opportunity to catch up and prepare packages for everything necessary for distributions of the upcoming release. The requirements remain frozen until the stable branches are created, with the release candidates.

RC1 target week

The week of 9 September, 2024 is the target date for projects following the release:cycle-with-rc model to issue their first release candidate.

Hard StringFreeze

This happens when the RC1 for the project is tagged. At this point, ideally no strings are changed (or added, or removed), to give translators time to finish up their efforts.

Final RCs and intermediary releases

The week of 23 September, 2024 is the last week to issue release candidates or intermediary releases before release week. During release week, only final-release-critical releases will be accepted (at the discretion of the release team).

Dalmatian release

The Dalmatian coordinated release will happen on Wednesday, 2 October, 2024.

Cycle Highlights

Cycle highlights need to be added to the release deliverables after the feature freeze to be included in any marketing release messaging. Highlights may be added after this point, but they will likely only be useful for historical purposes.

See the Project Team Guide for more details and instructions on adding these highlights.

For examples of previous release highlights: Stein Highlights, Train Highlights, Ussuri Highlights, Victoria Highlights, Wallaby Highlights, Xena Highlights, Yoga Highlights, Zed Highlights. 2023.1 Antelope Highlights. 2023.2 Bobcat Highlights. 2024.1 Caracal Highlights.

Project-specific events

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