The dates may move a few days if required. This is a longer
'pre-freeze' period than normal, but it seems justified given the
longer development period and the pending holiday season.
Feature freeze means that only bug fixes and documentation updates are
allowed. After code freeze only documentation updates and fixes of
grave bugs that render a backend completely unusable or break
compilation are accepted.
If there are any new backends that should be included in that release
and haven't been committed to CVS yet, please tell us NOW. We will
endeavour to help new backend authors get their code included.