I've recently completely overhauled our roadmap pages on the wiki and
there is a specific page for alpha5:
Since there has been some confusion around all this, I'm going to
clarify the best I can now.
* All builders are in frozen state until the adelie-integration branch
is merged into Alpine's aports.git. This is to ensure we don't mix up
package origins. Once the merge is complete, the builders will be
blanked and mass-rebuild for alpha5 using our system/ as the primary
repo and Alpine aports.git as a secondary repo, instead of a fork.
* As such, system/ is also frozen until the merge is completed, with the
exception of moving packages from main/ in preparation for the 'thaw'.
This is the reason why easy-kernel mc4 is not yet shipping on any
architecture, and why easy-kernel mc3 has not shipped on x86_64.
* This also means while user/ is not frozen on paper, no package changes
will be built until the builders are unfrozen, so there is no work
happening in user/ either.
* Once the merge is complete, we will need to review the packages that
have not had any discussion yet on the MLs (of which there are 18). We
will also need to discuss with Alpine maintainers about the "terrible
tests" category of packages that we did not merge, and whether they are
interested in shipping them with tests or if we need to take ownership.
* Once all of that is done, we need to focus on GStreamer and whether we
need to ship our own GStreamer packages.
* Then we can focus on the Python 3 packages I noted in aports mail 6.
* That will leave us with four packages with ppc64 (BE) fixes,
gnome-doc-utils and pax-utils that we need to fix on our side, and
libgsf, harfbuzz, and lame, which have outstanding questions for Alpine
* Once all of the above points are done, the builders will unfreeze and
we will never have to deal with this stuff again.
* KF 5.43 is out, but I don't feel comfortable bumping 70 packages when
none of them will be built until a week (or more) later.
* Plasma 5.12 LTS is out. Bug fix 2 (5.12.2) will be released on
Tuesday, the 20th of February. This gives us plenty of time to test
it and back out to 5.8 if it is not yet stable. If we have the time
after the Alpine merge is finished, I feel we should consider bumping in
* Education packages should be easy once builders are unfrozen.
* The Developer Guide is nearing 50% completion. Once the abuild man
page PR is finished, it should be fairly easy for me to write chapter
4. After some initial outlines for the other guides, this will mean our
documentation targets will be met. I don't foresee any delays here.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.
A. Wilcox (awilfox)
Project Lead, Adélie Linux