This is a quick reminder that the upcoming release branch is scheduled
for one week from today: Wednesday 3 January 2018.
Please try to avoid disruptive changes right before the branch.
As discussed in , the branch is happening a little earlier this
year. The first two weeks of the release process will be a "slow
start" period: those who want can start testing and nominating patches
for merging, but there will be no release candidates, and I will still
be on vacation myself.