The release candidate is a production-quality pre-release one week before the final release. In an ideal world, it would be (functionally) identical to the final release. From here until Final Release, changes are only permitted at the release manager's discretion, and will only be allowed for very high-priority show-stopper bugs that might justify delaying the release. See the Freeze Exception Process.
internal/archive/Process/Cycle/ReleaseCandidate (last modified 2013-08-28 13:10:14)