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Things to look at and update for a release:

  • Bump sonames as needed for libpulse, etc.
  • Update the NEWS file (for stable releases)
  • git push master:master
  • Make a signed tag, run make dist(check), test the tarball
  • git push vX.Y:vX.Y
  • Send out release announcement
  • Update: PA home page, IRC topic, release notes (with git shortlog)
  • Spread the word
  • Sit back and fret about what it is that you're forgetting

The Plan

This schedule is a guideline to keep a set of rolling releases rather than a longer cycle with lots of changes in between.

  • All releases happen off the master branch, and are numbered as N.0
  • If a release introduces a major bugs/regressions that need immediate attention, a stable-N.x branch is created and point releases in that series (N.1, N.2, ...) are made off this branch
  • Major releases are planned to be made every 4 months
  • A feature freeze will be announced ~3-6 weeks before the release, depending on how large the changes that have gone into the release are
  • Periodic release candidate tarballs will be rolled out during the freeze period for easy packaging and testing
  • World domination is targeted for December 2012 2013

Current Release: 5.0

  • Target release date: 2013-10-03
  • Target freeze date: undecided
  • Actual freeze date: not happened yet
  • Actual release date: not happened yet

Blocker bugs: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=65348

Previous releases

Release: 4.0

  • Target release date: 2013-04-18
  • Target freeze date: 2013-03-28
  • Actual freeze date: 2013-03-28
  • Actual release date: 2013-06-03

Release: 3.0

  • Target date: Sep 25th, 2012
  • Target freeze date: Sep 11th, 2012
  • Actual freeze date: Oct 31st, 2012
  • Actual date: Dec 18th, 2012


  • Vala patches [Alexander Kurtz]
  • pa_once bug done
  • module-profile-switcher [Arun Raghavan] deferred
  • module-bluetooth-policy [Frederic Dalleau] done
  • Fixed resamplers [Pierre-Louis Bossart] deferred
  • NEON sconv/mixing [Peter Meerwald] partially done
  • Win32 build fixes (Thomas Martitz) done

Release: 2.0

  • Target date: March 26th, 2012
  • Target freeze date: Feb 27th, 2012
  • Actual date: May 11th, 2012


Blocker bugs are tracked on bug #45812

The following patches need to be re viewed and evaluated to see if merging is achievable within a bound timeframe.

  • Vala patches [Alexander Kurtz]
  • Jack detection [David Henningsson] done
  • module-profile-switcher [Arun Raghavan] deferred
  • module-bluetooth-policy [Frederic Dalleau] deferred
  • Fixed resamplers [Pierre-Louis Bossart] deferred
  • NEON sconv/mixing [Peter Meerwald] deferred
  • More Orc [Maarten Bosmans] deferred


These should go into release notes.

  • Alternate sample rates
  • Echo cancellation: WebRTC canceller, AGC
  • Fixed HURD support
  • A2DP decoder quality improvements
  • Infrastructure + Implementation for headphone/mic jack detection
  • Virtual Surround sink support
  • Xen Paravirtualised audio sink (#43503)