Twice per year, on the second Thursday of May and November. This schedule is not guaranteed, as factors can delay a release or cause an off-cycle release to be made.
T-4 weeks: Kernel freeze
A final kernel version is decided upon and built. Focus shifts from development to testing.
T-2 weeks: RC freeze
finnix-release package is updated and uploaded. ISOs are produced from NEALE, and from this point, any build produced is considered a true release candidate. If release-critical bugs are found, they are dealt with via individual package updates to the RC NEALE environment, rather than a new full NEALE build. Testing matrix begins.
T-1 week: ISOs mastered
Final ISOs are mastered, and a go/no-go is decided for release.
T-4 days: ISOs uploaded
ISOs are uploaded to the master rsync server, to allow 24 hours for mirrors to sync.
T-3 days: Torrent RSS updated
The BitTorrent RSS feeds are updated to point to the new release.
Announcements, etc, etc.