Juniper pre-rc kickoff meeting

Hi all! As you know, the Juniper :deciduous_tree: release candidate is almost out the door!

The Build/Test/Release working group is working to become better involved in the release process. We are getting organized to test, fix and document the new release together.

To kickoff this process, we scheduled an online meeting to happen on Tuesday (2020/04/19) at 4pm (UTC):

Topic: Juniper pre-rc kickoff meeting
Time: Apr 21, 2020 04:00 PM UTC

Meeting ID: 970 0421 9871
Password: juniper

This is going to be a technical and product-oriented meeting. Those who are willing to help in one of these areas are more than welcome to join. If you cannot attend, a recording will be made available.

See you on Tuesday!

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Régis, since I might not be available or even have Internet connectivity for the next meeting, can you please invite my colleague David Truong @2018D for that meeting? Thanks. I’ve already sent him links to the Trello board and the notepad you used during the first meeting.

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Let me summarize here what was said in that meeting. I recorded the meeting but it seems there is an issue with Zoom, as the recording remains in the “pending…” state :sweat:

  • The release process is a three-step process: 1. Test 2. Fix 3. Document. Then rince and repeat.

  • The end-results of this release process will be:

    1. Tags in every Open edX repo to indicate the feature-frozen, stable release.
    2. A working native installation manual
    3. A low-level manual for upgrading existing Ironwood platforms.
  • Right now, we need to make sure that anyone, especially major Open edX providers, can try out the upcoming release candidate in order to spot issues, then fix and document them.

  • To that end, @nedbat recently created open-release/juniper.rc1 branches in all Open edX repos. For instance, here is the edx-platform branch. BEWARE: do not upgrade your production instances yet!!! That is, not if you know what you are doing. Release Candidate 1 is most likely broken. In particular…

  • … we know for a fact that rc1 has some blocking issues:

  • Open edX platform maintainers are encouraged to try out the rc1 tag and add their thoughts here:

  • If you detect new issues, please add them to the above-mentioned Epic:

  • In addition to those issues, @jill has created a wishlist of PRs to be merged prior to the official release: Juniper OSPR wishlist

  • Opencraft has setup a Juniper.rc1 sandbox for testing new Juniper features: TRY IT OUT!!!

  • The next build/test/release working greoup live meeting will happen in two weeks. Meanwhile, we will communicate mainly via Discourse and Slack. We will coordinate around the following Trello board:

  • The (admittedly ambitious) deadline to release Juniper is set to May 21st.


Thanks for reading! Let’s make Juniper a great release!


The recording of the meeting is now available! (unbelievable but true)


We should meet again next week to monitor our progress: who’s up?

Let’s meet on Wednesday, 5pm! (3PM UTC,
If you are interested in testing the upcoming Juniper release, please feel free to join the call.


Régis B. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Open edX Juniper release, half-time meeting
Time: May 6, 2020 05:00 PM Paris

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Meeting ID: 847 2003 0895
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Aaaand here is the recording of the meeting:

It was decided by unanimous (minus 1) vote that every person who would solve an issue in the CRI-171 list would win one free t-shirt from @nedbat’s drawer. Thanks Ned!

Régis, it is asking for a password when I try to access the recording. Can you please indicate where I can find this password? Merci.

I disabled the password protection, sorry about that.

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