This is just a heads up to all developers who waited during the commit freeze, RC1 has been tagged. So bug fixing may continue :)
There were a couple commits during this freeze. I realize that people tend to work on stuff and commit without necessarily looking at the mailinglist before hand. So for the during of the 5.3.0 release process we will try to go with the following procedures:
1) We will always aim for a release on Thursday, which means Tuesday and Wednesday before the given date while have a commit freeze on all build related files for anything but build fix commits
2) In case we are slipping we might do another Tuesday release, which again will mean Friday commits only with the RM's specific permission , weekend and Monday commit freeze on all build related files for anything but build fix commits.
This release candidate makes us feature complete and we hope to only
require minimal changes ahead of the next release. Many, but not all,
of the new features are already integrated in the official
documentation on php.net.