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Revision as of 13:47, 16 December 2019 by Frantisekz (talk | contribs)

Drop Optical Media Release Criterion


Proposal to make all Fedora optical media non-blocking. This means we'd stop blocking on bugs found during the installation of Fedora from optical media (like CDs and DVDs). This doesn't mean that installation from optical media would stop working, just that the Fedora Release wouldn't be blocked on any issues that can pop up in Fedora installation using this method. Installation from USB devices on bare metal machines and installation from virtual optical drives in virtual machines will remain blocking.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 32
  • Last updated: 2019-12-16
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

We are currently blocking Fedora Release on bugs specific to installation from optical media. It seems wise to believe that only a fraction of user base installs Fedora from Optical Media rather than USB drive. New computers and laptops are usually sold without CD/DVD drives and installation from optical media takes longer and is prone to errors more compared to the installation using USB drive.

This change would make following images non-blocking for installation from optical media:

  • Fedora-Everything-netinst-x86_64-_RELEASE_MILESTONE_.iso
  • Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-_RELEASE_MILESTONE_.iso

There has been a discussion on test list regarding this change in the past: proposal: drop optical media from release criteria

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora QE Team and testers from community will have more time to test parts of Fedora that are far more visible and exposed to end users.

Fedora QE Team would have more time to add and test additional high-profile blocking deliverables (like Fedora Silverblue) in near future.

Fedora Releases wouldn't be held by bugs found in corner case installation method.


  • Other developers: No involvement by other developers needed
  • Policies and guidelines: No changes needed
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

No change for upgrades/compatibility

How To Test

Testing not applicable (this change shouldn't result in any changes to the distribution)

User Experience

Users installing Fedora from optical media might hit some bugs and might not be able to complete Fedora installation using Optical Media at all. Such bugs will be treated like other non blocking bugs.



Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Revert changes to indicate we block on optical media again
  • Contingency deadline: Final Freeze
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No



Release Notes