Minutes from the Technical Board meeting, 2012-09-17

Colin Watson cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Tue Sep 18 10:44:22 UTC 2012

Technical Board meeting, 2012-09-17

= Attendees =

 * Colin Watson (chair)
 * Martin Pitt
 * Matt Zimmerman
 * Stéphane Graber

 * Bryce Harrington
 * Iain Lane
 * Jonathan Carter
 * Scott Kitterman

= Notes =

 * nvidia/fglrx expedited SRUs; nvidia-experimental
  * https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2012-August/001367.html
  * https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2012-August/001368.html
  * Following up on the mailing list discussion, we talked through this
    further.  Most of the concerns are obviated if we can ensure that
    users with the relevant packages installed have explicitly
    acknowledged that they're using a driver with a reduced guarantee of
  * We will offer a different -experimental package for each Nvidia beta
    driver series, in order that users can opt into them independently.
    These packages will contain "experimental" in their names so that
    ubuntu-drivers-common can continue to filter on this substring.
  * Any nvidia or fglrx package forming part of this policy must present
    a suitable warning to users on initial installation.
  * If existing packages (nvidia-current-updates, fglrx-updates) wish to
    weaken their stability guarantee for SRUs, then measures must be
    taken to ensure that users have opted in, either by resetting
    existing users to nvidia-current etc. by way of update-manager, or
    by presenting a warning on upgrade, or both.
  * The SRU team may waive the usual one-week aging requirement for
    nvidia and fglrx updates/experimental packages, provided that a
    sufficient quantity and breadth of testing has been performed.
  * Updates for these packages may not necessarily come with the usual
    test cases in their SRU bugs.
  * While reports of regressions in proposed updates to these packages
    will be investigated with due diligence, they will not necessarily
    halt the release of updates, especially if those reports cannot be
    reproduced elsewhere.  Since these are optional binary-only video
    drivers, there are practical limits to how much we can ensure that
    updates are regression-free in any event.
  * This is not a general policy; it applies only to the nvidia and
    fglrx driver update packages.

 * Transferring the kernel package set
  * https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2012-August/001363.html
  * Launchpad API limitations mean that we cannot currently change the
    owner of the current kernel package set, but there is a branch in
    progress to fix this.  Once that branch is deployed, we will change
    the owner to developer-membership-board.

 * Next meeting is 2012-10-01.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]
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