From Fedora Project Wiki

No More Alphas


Fedora will no longer produce Alpha releases.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 27
  • Last updated: 2017-02-07
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

By adding CI and gating on Rawhide we will enable rawhide to be more stable and generally useful to people as a daily driver. As a result rawhide should always be at alpha quality, by keeping Rawhide always at Alpha quality we will be no longer need to do Alpha releases.

Benefit to Fedora


  • Proposal owners:
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: #6621
  • Policies and guidelines: As there is no more Alpha we will need to update the guidelines to have changes be completed for Beta. We may want to add a new checkpoint for basic testability of changes
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

There will be no change to existing systems.

How To Test

See that there is no Alpha release any longer

User Experience

Rawhide will be more stable


QA to have tests to detect when a new build breaks dependencies. releng to make changes to tagging in koji a tool to move builds from -pending into rawhide when it passes its tests

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product

Reinstate Alpha milestone and release. we will know if we are on target a few weeks before when Alpha would have been.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes