The release process for v8.8 will begin in about a week. If you have any new features that you want in and are relatively close to to being done, now is a good time to do that. Upcoming dates: - 9th: Branch day, merge window starts - 16th: Merge window ends, testing starts - 22nd: Testing ends
The release process for v8.8 has begun: release checkpoints have been created for all packages in the main distribution, and release branches have been created when necessary. You can go on using `master` branches as usual. The main Racket repo's is now bumped to v184.108.40.206 (to avoid having two different trees with the same version). If you have any bug-fixes and changes (including history updates) that need to go in the release then make sure to specify that in the commit message by using the word `merge` or `release` or mail the relevant repo manager ) the commit SHA1s. Do not push commits directly to `release` branches. Please make sure that code that you're responsible for is as stable as possible, and let me know if there is any new work that should not be included in this release. >>> NOW IS THE TIME TO FIX BUGS THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT <<< The time between now and the end of the merge window is for fixing new errors that prevent proper functioning of major components and that show up during the preparation for a release. You can also finalize piece of work that is not yet complete, but please avoid merging new features. Note that nightly builds will go on as usual (starting from v220.127.116.11 and going up as usual), and pre-release builds will be available shortly at https://pre-release.racket-lang.org/  https://github.com/racket/racket/wiki/release-repo-managers Upcoming dates: - 19th: Merge window ends, testing starts - 24th: Testing ends
I'm pleased to report that pre-release builds are available, and that the repo-manager-app is now working correctly for all repositories other than racket/racket. If you had commits that you were waiting to pick, now's the time!
Also, dog-fooding is now encouraged!
Testing for the v8.8 release (using the v8.7.900 release candidate build) Search for your name on the checklist page to find relevant items, either reply when you finish an item (please indicate which item/s is/are done), or check it off yourself on the checklist page. Also, if you have any commits that should have been picked, make sure that the changes are in. Be sure to finish your testing by the 24th. Otherwise the release will move on without your input. The checklist page is at: https://github.com/racket/racket/wiki/Release-Checklist-8.8 Release candidates are at: https://pre-release.racket-lang.org Please use these installers (or source bundles) -- don't test from your own git clone (don't test the `master' branch by mistake!). To get the tests, you can do this: cd ...racket-root... ./bin/raco pkg install -i --auto main-distribution-test