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