Release Schedule

2016-12-20 Beginning of development phase
2017-02-28 Soft feature freeze. Only bug fixes after this point. All feature changes must be already in a sub maintainer tree and all pull requests from submaintainers must have been sent to the list by this date.
2017-03-072017-03-14 Hard feature freeze. Tag rc0
2017-03-142017-03-21 Tag rc1
2017-03-212017-03-28 Tag rc2
2017-03-282017-04-04 Tag rc3
2017-04-042017-04-11 Tag rc4
2017-04-18 Tag rc5
2017-04-11 2017-04-18 2017-04-20 Release
2017-09-04 Freeze for v2.9.1
2017-09-07 Tag v2.9.1

Known issues

Please list all patch series or bugs which need to be fixed for the release here. That way I can be sure I don't miss any when I'm rolling release candidates.

Fixed in rc0

Fixed in rc1

Fixed in rc2

  • SPARC host failure in tests/virtio-9p-test (using le*_to_cpus() on unaligned field in packed struct)
  • bsd-user compile failure
  • OSX graphics don't work (trying to call into cocoa from wrong thread)
  • Deadlocks in Win32 condition variables

Fixed in rc3

  • SPARC host failures (not extending arguments to load/store helpers) -- patch on list
  • aarch64 KVM doesn't work on kernel 4.10 or lower
  • SPARC host failure in tests/bios-tables-test (unaligned field in packed struct)
  • migration failure of usb storage on xhci under a PCI bridge; works in 2.8 (See patch from Gerd: xhci: flush dequeue pointer to endpoint context)
  • test-qga fails if /sys/devices/ doesn't have slaves/ directory where expected
  • -serial stdio output may get stuck due to glib main loop signaling issue

Fixed in rc4

Not yet fixed in any rc

Issues that will not be fixed

  • NetBSD build failure because ivshmem-server uses shm_open but doesn't link -lrt
  • OpenBSD fails make check ("-drive if=none,id=drive1,file=/dev/null,format=raw: Could not refresh total sector count: Operation not supported by device")

Targeted Features

See the ChangeLog/2.9 for full details.