[RFC] Platform champions

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Wed Jul 4 09:50:26 BST 2007

On Wed, 2007-07-04 at 18:21 +1000, Ian Clatworthy wrote:
> As part of our release process, I'd ideally like to have a list of
> people to ping w.r.t. testing the Release Candidates on various
> platforms and distros. I'm thinking of creating a page on the wiki
> called something like http://bazaar-vcs.org/Platforms or
> http://bazaar-vcs.org/PlatformChampions that lets people self nominate
> themselves as champions for the various platforms/distros.
> Is this a good idea? If so, is it worth generalising the page so people
> can volunteer for various things w.r.t. a platform? Perhaps just these
> things to begin with?

I don't think so, I think its extra friction and we should gear our
process to catch things earlier.

> 1. RC testing
> 2. packaging

packagers should really be on bazaar-announce anyhow; and that gets
releases sent to it.

> 3. user assistance
> E.g., Matt might wish to volunteer to be an RC tester on FreeBSD, Anna
> might test and package on Solaris while Mary might feel comfortable
> helping Mac users. (My immediate need is RC testing but other roles are
> equally important in the broader scheme of things.)
> I'm very open to other ways of achieving the same thing. If there's
> consensus on this idea, it will only work if people volunteer, of
> course. :-) If you'd like to do that, just reply to this email.

I'm interested in what defects - what things are going wrong - that this
is aimed at changing?

I'm wary of having nominated champions for a few reasons, but I'll
enlarge on that once I understand what you're trying to fix.


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