The objectives of the Beta release are to:
- Publicly release installable media versions of a code complete test release: Beta is the last widely co-ordinated test release point in any given release cycle
- Finish testing Fedora 19 Features
- Identify as many F19PPCBlocker bugs as possible
Beta Release Requirements
In order to be released to the general public, the Beta Candidate (RC) must meet all of the following criteria. This is intended to make the decision process as clear and straightforward as possible. Mostly met items are incomplete until they are met. Optional and nice to have items should not be included in this list.
There may be times where a requirement is unmet only in a particular configuration, such as with some keyboard layouts but not others, or if a particular character is used in a username, password or passphrase. In such cases, the release team should use their judgement and refer to precedent to determine whether or not the issue should be considered to block the release. They should consider the number of users likely to be affected by the issue, the severity of the case when the issue is encountered, and the ease or otherwise with which the issue can be avoided by both informed and uninformed users.
The term release-blocking desktops means all the desktop environments in which bugs are currently considered capable of blocking a Fedora release. The current set of release-blocking desktops for the x86 architectures is GNOME and KDE, and for the ARM architectures is Xfce. Note that bugs in desktops that are not part of this set which would infringe these criteria automatically qualify for freeze exception status, according to the freeze exception bug process.
The term release-blocking images means all the images in which bugs are currently considered capable of blocking a Fedora release. The current set of release-blocking images includes the images defined by the three primary Products - Server, Workstation and Cloud - in their product requirement documents and/or technical specifications, and the KDE live image. As of Fedora 24, no 32-bit x86 image can be 'release-blocking', by FESCo policy. The canonical list of release-blocking images for Fedora 26 is on this page.
|1||All criteria fromF19AlphaPPC checklist must be met.|
|2||All bugs blocking the Beta tracker must be CLOSED.|
|3||All release-blocking images must boot in their supported configurations.||
||DVD.iso works, netboot.iso not checked yet|
|4||When using the dedicated installer images, the installer must be able to use HTTP, FTP and NFS repositories as package sources.|
|5||It must be possible to install by booting the installation kernel directly (including via yaboot and grub2) and correctly specifying a remote source for the installer itself.|
|6||The installer must be able to use all available kickstart delivery methods.|
|7|| When using the guided partitioning flow, the installer must be able to:
||automatic partitioning with empty disk works|
|8|| When using the custom partitioning flow, the installer must be able to:
|9||* The installer must be able to detect and install to hardware or firmware RAID storage devices.|
|10||The installer must be able to complete a scripted installation which duplicates the default interactive installation as closely as possible.|
|11||Any installation method or process designed to run unattended must do so. There should be no prompts requiring user intervention.|
|12||The rescue mode of the installer must be able to detect and mount any installation performed according to the applicable criteria, and provide a shell with access to utilities capable of performing typical recovery operations.|
|13||For each one of the release-blocking package sets, it must be possible to successfully complete an upgrade from a fully updated installation of the previous stable Fedora release with that package set installed.|
Except where otherwise specified, each of these requirements applies to all supported configurations described above.
|14||A system installed without a graphical package set must boot to a working login prompt without any unintended user intervention, and all virtual consoles intended to provide a working login prompt must do so.|
|15||The installed system must be able to play back sound with gstreamer-based applications.|
|16||No part of any release-blocking desktop's panel (or equivalent) configuration may crash on startup or be entirely non-functional.|
|17||Automatic mounting of removable/virtual media on insertion must work in release-blocking desktops.|
|18||Release-blocking desktops must notify the user of available updates, but must not do so when running as a live image.|
|19||All release-blocking desktops' offered mechanisms (if any) for shutting down, logging out and rebooting must work.|
Beta Blocker Bugs
A bug is considered a Beta blocker bug if any of the following criteria are met:
- A bug in a Critical Path package that:
- Cannot be fixed with a future stable update
- Has a severity rating of high or greater and no reasonable workaround (see definition of severity and priority)
- Bug hinders execution of required Beta test plans or dramatically reduces test coverage
- Bug relates to an unmet Beta Release Requirement
A Fedora Change being incomplete, in and of itself, does not constitute a blocker bug. The Change process is separate from this process. Changes are required to meet certain standards at certain points of the release cycle, but this is part of the Change process and managed, tracked and enforced separately from this process. However, if a proposed feature being incomplete causes any of the above criteria to be met, then the bug is a release blocker.
- If all of the Beta Release Requirements are not met by 20:00 UTC on Wednesday the week prior to release day, the release will be delayed by one week so that the Beta Release Requirements can be met.
- One week will be added to all remaining tasks in the release schedule, including the final release date.
- This decision will be made at the Go/No-Go Meeting.
Confirming Beta Requirements
QA has the responsibility of determining whether the criteria for the release has been met (as outlined above) through discussion with Development and Release Engineering. QA's findings will be reviewed and discussed at the Go/No-Go Meeting.
See the table below for a sample format for test results. All test results are posted using the format specified Template:Result.
|Test Results Format|
|Test Result||Explanation||Code Entered|
||Untested - This test has not been run, and is available for anyone to contribute feedback.|| |
||Passed - The test has been run and the tester determine the test met the expected results|| |
|Inprogress - An inprogress result is often used for tests that take a long time to execute. Inprogress results should be temporary and change to pass, fail or warn.|| |
|Failed - Indicates a failed test. A link to a bug must be provided. See Template:Result for details on providing bug information.|| |
||| Warning - This test completed and met the expected results of the test, but other issues were encountered during testing that warrant attention.
|Multiple results - More people can easily provide results to a single test case.|| |