openSUSE:Public release action plan 12.3

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The openSUSE project releases the distribution roughly every 8 months. Here you can find the roadmap for the previous release which is openSUSE 12.3. We now use for planning.

Last Weeks Activity

Name Comments
Countdown install for new release
publish release notes make sure release notes collecting works for new release, ask Rudi
Startup Guide on DVD Make sure Startup Guide is correct on DVD, re-trigger skelcd if needed
Call for Release Parties
German Manual Needs to be ready for third party vendor
Artwork Promo DVD
Develop a social media marketing plan
Screenshots Create screen shots of the installation and highlights of the distribution Must be creative commons license so the press can use them. Maybe use to snatch some. Last years screen shots:
Write Product Highlights Page,
Video Casts optional, make nice promo videos
Purchase Order Promo DVD how many?
Collect Quotes what people have to say about the release. SKIP?
Press Kit, include link to GM
Add-On DVD for third party vendor
Write SUSE release announcement
Send Pre-Information to Press
Sneak Peek Blog posts about selected features of the new release to create expectations
Social Media Coordinate Social Media efforts
EULA Check with Legal that the EULA is ok for current version of product
IPRQ Document for Legal
Text for News sites slashdot, etc.
Adjust Upgrade portal page Add Upgrade description for current release
ISO sizes Verify ISO sizes are correct
create delta isos
sign the iso images
create BT meta data create tracker files and register them with the tracker
add GM internally enable GM in internal installation system (dist)
prepare release on internal staging server
scan for broken mirrors
update markers, index page
inform mirror admins about upcoming release
make GM images available to Press
make GM images available to 3rd party box vendor
make GM images available to staff
make GM images available to promo dvd vendor
update notify web team to update
check stats work Make sure statistics collection works, test with each RC
3rd party repos prepared (Nvidia, Ati)
update community repo link
create is_maintained data
update shop site make refer to new box
prepare software.o.o dl page prepare in git to be ready to deploy
write news.o.o article reword SUSE press release to remove corporate speak and friendly to read
snippet for
find external BT seeders put torrent in separate directories, ask for volunteers to seed
install google alerts install google alerts, keywords "opensuse release", "opensuse 12.2", "suse 12.2"
update web site landing page in git
Switch count down to hourly rendering
Translations Release Announcent, www.opensusscreenshots,.org snippet, S potentially other last minute stuff
flip public bit for mirrors make files readable on staging area for all mirrors to catch up
make all files visible on download.o.o make all files visible on, incl iso images
change openSUSE-current change symlink openSUSE-current in distribution/ and update/ to point to new release
deploy software.o.o
test software.o.o test all links on software.o.o to make sure they work
Deploy web sites,, ..., ping provo admins to do it
update wiki front pages of all languages,
publish news.o.o article publish article
send announcement to openSUSE lists send new release announcement to opensuse-project and opensuse-announce
publish SUSE release announcement Rann,FIRE
setup google alerts "opensuse 12.2", "opensuse release", "opensuse". Beware of locale!
collect press mentions add links to articles by the press to
Collect stats about release compile download statistics from web server logs
update freecode entry
Create and publish conclusion article Article with mentions and summary of impact of 12.2 release, with quotes from media
Presentation Ready made Presentation for anyone who wants to promote opensuse
Virtual PR Package Create virtual PR package (promo package) for ambassadors to promote new release. Upload or link files to Posters, flyers etc in wiki.
update products highlights writing Update

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