User:Adamwill/Draft beta criteria sandbox

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Beta Objectives

The objectives of the Beta release are to:

  1. 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
  2. Finish testing Fedora 19 Features
  3. Identify as many F19Blocker 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 KDE. 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.

Process requirements

Alpha criteria met

All Fedora 19 Alpha Release Criteria must be met.

Beta blockers CLOSED

All bugs blocking the Beta tracker must be CLOSED.

Image size requirements

The release-blocking images must meet current size requirements.

Initialization requirements

Release-blocking images must boot

All release-blocking images must boot in their supported configurations.

Installer requirements

Remote package sources

When using the dedicated installer images, the installer must be able to use HTTP, FTP and NFS repositories as package sources.

Direct kernel boot

It must be possible to install by booting the installation kernel directly (including via PXE) and correctly specifying a remote source for the installer itself.

Installation interfaces

The installer must be able to complete an installation using the serial console interface.

Kickstart delivery

The installer must be able to use all available kickstart delivery methods.

Guided partitioning

When using the guided partitioning flow, the installer must be able to:

  • Complete an installation to a validly-formatted disk with existing data and sufficient empty space, using the empty space and installing a bootloader but leaving the existing data untouched
  • Complete an installation using any combination of disk configuration options it allows the user to select
  • Remove existing storage volumes to free up space, at the user's direction
  • Reject or disallow invalid disk and volume configurations without crashing.

Custom partitioning

When using the custom partitioning flow, the installer must be able to:

  • Create mount points backed by ext4 partitions, LVM volumes or btrfs volumes, or software RAID arrays at RAID levels 0, 1 and 5
  • Remove a planned storage volume from the planned layout
  • Assign sizes to newly-created storage volumes and containers
  • Encrypt newly-created storage volumes
  • Remove existing storage volumes
  • Assign mount points to existing storage volumes
  • Reject or disallow invalid disk and volume configurations without crashing.

Hardware and firmware RAID

  • The installer must be able to detect and install to hardware or firmware RAID storage devices

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 feature 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.


Contingency Plan

  • 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.

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