We will be needing a new release manager for 21.11 and 22.05 release; you will need to work in co-operation with NixOS contributors, myself, and Eelco Dolstra. The release process in NixOS is in a time of great change, so this is the perfect moment for someone who really wants to leave their mark.
If you are interested, please get in contact with me.
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Being a release manager in NixOS is not a solitary experience.
There should always be two release managers, where each release manager serves
for two consecutive terms/releases. With each new release the previous team gets to
appoint a new manager. (what’s happening right now). This way, you always have the guidance of a release manager who has the experience of releasing NixOS before. See the RFC for more details. As mentioned, releasing NixOS is in a time of change, expect the ability to improve it within our means.
Being a release manager means you will have greater impact to the NixOS community, and develop greater insight into the community as a whole. You can also view this as an opportunity to acquire some project management skills as well.
Expect it to be transformative.
- Commit Access to Nixos/Nixpkgs . A good portion of the work of a release manager is to review changes going into the release branch. And, some of the release tasks will require you to push directly to the repository.
Outside of ZHF, the “workload” is minimal, however, the month leading up to the expected release date will have a few periods where you may need to set time aside to complete release management tasks. The release process is now detailed on a dedicated wiki, thanks to @worldofpeace for doing the majority of the wiki work.
In general the responsibilities are:
- Track blocking issues
- Review PRs ( other committers well aide you with this )
- Conduct stabilization (ZHF)
- Perform release management task, listed here
- Coordinate with other release manager about tasks
- You will want to be able to contact the manager on a semi-regular basis.
The RFC for stabilization has been accepted, the new release timeline is now reflected in the release wiki.
Having a stable release goes a long way to allowing commercial adoption of Nixpkgs and NixOS. For the long-term future of NixOS, these releases are crucial to its success.
I hope to hear from all of you.