Releasing Alphas and Betas without "freezing"

Rick Spencer rick.spencer at
Mon Jun 18 09:49:46 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:02 AM, Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at> wrote:
> Sebastien Bacher [2012-06-15 17:26 +0200]:
>> Can we just drop the image rolling part of milestones? We still
>> probably want fixed checkpoints in the cycle to review the features,
>> etc but they don't especially need to be linked with a special
>> image...
> Our automated tests are still waaaay to incomplete for this step. In
> manual testing we have found quite a number of real deal-breaker bugs
> which the automatic tests didn't pick up. We also need to test the
> current images on a wider range of real iron; which is something our
> automated QA could do one day, but doesn't right now.
> So regular manual testing rounds are still required, and the points
> when we do them might just as well be called "milestones".

But if the focus is testing, we should optimize the schedule around
testing. For example, I think Ubuntu would benefit from more frequent
"rounds" of such in depth testing than the current alpha/beta
milestones provide. (I think every 2 weeks would be a good cadence).

Cheers, Rick

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