Source Code Release Cycle

  • ONIE will be released (approximately) every 3 months.
  • Under normal conditions, the release date will be a Wednesday around mid-month.
  • Immediately following each release, there will be a “merge window” of normally 8 weeks.
  • While this merge window is open, new features can be added to the ONIE source tree.
  • After the merge window closes, no new features may be added.
  • After the merge window closes, new hardware platforms may be added that do not change the core ONIE code.
  • This allows for a release candidate phase which is intended to fix bugs and regressions. During this stabilization period, only patches that contain bug fixes get applied.
  • After the merge window closes, the release cycle allows for about 4 weeks of testing before generating the next release.


While we try to adhere to the release schedule, we will not hesitate to delay a release for good reasons. The code will be released when it is considered ready without caring too much about the announced deadline.

Version Numbers

Starting with the release in November 2013, the names of the releases changed from numerical release numbers into timestamp-based numbering. Regular releases are identified by names consisting of the calendar year and month of the release date.

Additional fields (if present) indicate release candidates or bug fix releases in “stable” maintenance trees.


ONIE Version Numbers
Version Comments
ONIE 2015.11-rc1 Release candidate 1 for November 2015
ONIE 2015.11 Stable Release for November 2015
ONIE 2015.11.01 Bug fix release 01 for November 2015

Future Releases

Please note that the following dates are for information only and without any formal commitment.

Future ONIE Releases and Merge Windows
Version Merge Window Closes Approx. Release Date
2022.11 Wed, Oct 19, 2022 Wed, Nov 16, 2022
2023.02 Wed, Jan 18, 2023 Wed, Feb 15, 2023
2023.05 Wed, Apr 19, 2023 Wed, May 17, 2023
2023.08 Wed, Jul 19, 2023 Wed, Aug 16, 2023

Making a Release

Making a release entails the following:

  1. Verify various boards compile
  2. Create release notes
  3. Create a release branch and tag it
  4. Send off email to the community

Release Notes

Some guidelines for creating release notes. First look at a previous set of release notes. for inspiration. Things to include:

  • major changes
  • major features
  • new hardware platforms
  • new build infrastructure
  • bug fixes related to hw platforms
  • bug fixes related to ONIE or build system

Looking at the list of commits from the previous release up to the current HEAD can be inspiring:

$ git log --oneline 2018.05..HEAD
092ff43a98ed grub-arch: show BIOS mode during booting up
c1d259c9b5e0 NXP arm64 add TLV mtd hw-info partitions for onie-syseeprom
5f619890b179 installer/u-boot-arch/install-arch: update_uboot_env support arm64
aa5036caeee1 u-boot.make: UPDATER_UBOOT_NAME should still be u-boot.bin even with dtb enable
c602a421609a Adding newline to delta/ag9064 busybox config. This fix ensures, that the file is properly parsed.

Release Branch

Creating the release branch and tag is automated using the build-config/scripts/create-release script. The usage follows:

linux:$ ./build-config/scripts/create-release <X.Y.Z version> <release_notes_file>

The script will:

  • create a branch called <version>br
  • add a new file, build-config/conf/onie-release, containing the supplied version string
  • create a tag called <version> (without the ‘br’ suffix)
  • push both the branch and the tag to the upstream ONIE repo

Release Statistics

For fun, generate some release statistics for sharing with the community. See the description of the statistics scripts.

Send Email

Notify the community via the mailing list, including the URL of the github release, the git statistics and the complete release notes.

Add anything else that is worthy of highlighting towards the top. Look at a previous email for an example.