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Re: Fedora 12 QA retrospective - feedback needed

On Nov 26, 2009, at 2:41, "Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" <johannbg hi is> wrote:

On 11/26/2009 07:03 AM, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:15:30 -0800,
 Adam Williamson <awilliam redhat com> wrote:

even despite that, public testing of RCs can _sometimes_ be useful, but the problem is that if we publicise them any more than they're already publicised, the single server on which they're located will bog down and
stop people who really need them from getting them fast enough. And
given the time constraints, it's practically impossible to mirror or
torrent them usefully.

Would providing detailed documentation for people to build these images using a small amount of data from releng and the rest from public (or local) mirrors be worth the effort to set up? This is a higher bar than dealing with a complete image and there may not be enough people who take advantage of it to be worth the effort. I am also not sure if the process is repeatable so as to get bit for bit accuracy from private spins. But it does seem there should be a way to pull most of the data for the image from mirrors rather
than from releng's server.

That wont work we need to make sure all the testers are testing the same
bits hence it's best that we create and hand out the images.....

That's what beta, which used to be named preview, is for. It is the image we sync out to the world. The RCs come shortly after and fix anything critical found in the beta. RCs are fast and furious, no chance in mirroring and waiting days for feedback.


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