Two weeks on from 10.04 Beta 1, we are now also 1 week out from 10.04 Beta 2, scheduled for April 8 (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LucidReleaseSchedule) - which means it's time for another beta freeze to start.
During the freeze, all uploads to main must be approved by a member of the release team, so if you have fixes which are important to get in, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Uploads to universe require a manual push through the queue, but are not subject to release management approval.
Issues which are important for the beta release will be tracked by the release team here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+bugs?field.milestone=21447
If you have bugs on this list, please fix them at the earliest possible opportunity, or (in consultation with other developers and the Ubuntu QA team) un-milestone them if they are not required for beta. If you have bugs you think should be on this list, talk with the Ubuntu QA team or the Ubuntu release team about having them milestoned.
Please also do not lose sight of the list of bugs affecting the release as a whole: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+bugs
Over the next few days, please pay attention to eliminating inconsistencies in the archive, including: http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/testing/lucid_probs.html
uninstallable packages in main and restricted http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/NBS/
obsolete packages which still have reverse-dependencies
Archive administrators should spend time ensuring that any pending mainlt;-gt;universe component changes have been processed (http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/component-mismatches.txt). Developers, if you are waiting for something on this list, please help out by filing good main inclusion reports.
On behalf of the Ubuntu release team