We're scheduled to make our first release candidate build at the end of this week. Our primary criterion for this was that we would have resolved all of our licensing and policy issues, so that we can put together a build that meets Apache policy. To that I would like to add these other release criteria:
1. Working upgrade from 3.0.2 to 4.0.
2. Green lights from automated unit and system testing.
It's clear to me that we're not going to meet these criteria at the end of this week. We got our first green light on the unit-test job today, but we still haven't got system tests working. Also, it is clear from what Will was saying earlier this week that upgrade is going to need more time and attention from us. Even on the first point alone - the licensing and policy issues - we still have outstanding questions, so there is no chance of having a release candidate tomorrow.
I propose extending the schedule by three weeks. One week would be at the end, to address David's point earlier this week that we will need to allow time for the project and the IPMC to vote. The other two weeks would be to extend the current stabilization phase, to give us time to address the remaining legal, policy, upgrade, and testing items.