3.8.1rc1, 3.7.6rc1, and 3.6.10rc1 cutoffs ahead

It’s that time for another reminder: code cutoffs for the last scheduled releases of 2019 are coming up soon. They are a little earlier than usual to try to avoid the end-of-December rush of various holidays. Łukasz will have more details forthcoming about 3.8.1rc1.

For the 3.7 branch, the cutoff for 3.7.6rc1 is scheduled for this coming Monday (2019-12-09) by the end of day AOE. I have also now scheduled the cutoff for the next cumulative security source release for the 3.6 branch, 3.6.10rc1, for Monday as well. Please review open issues and ensure that any that you believe need to be addressed in any of these releases are either resolved or marked as a release blocker. Any assistance you can provide in helping resolve issues will be greatly appreciated. As usual, following the rc1 cutoff, changes merged to the 3.7 branch will be released in 3.7.7 three months from now unless you mark the issue as a release blocker prior to 3.7.6 final, planned for release on 2019-12-16, and explain why the change should be cherry-picked into the final release. And as always, any proposed changes for the 3.6 branch need to meet the criteria for security branches and require release manager approval to merge.

Thanks for your continued efforts!

3.8 release PEP: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0569/

3.7 release PEP: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0537/

3.6 release PEP: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0494/

Security branch criteria: https://devguide.python.org/devcycle/#security-branches