Early backports to reduce post-release fixes
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Tue Jan 27 22:22:45 GMT 2009
On Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:19:07 +0100 Luca Falavigna <dktrkranz at ubuntu.com>
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>When I was a motu-sru member, I realized the great majority of SRU
>candidates to be processed were related to visible bugs (crashes when
>doing normal tasks, uninstallable packages, and so on). This kind of
>issues could have been addressed in time for the release if widespread
>testing was conducted on the affected packages.
For basic issues like installability and builability I think we're better
of relying on automated tools meant to be used archive wide like puiparts
>We cannot enforce people to upgrade to current development release just
>to have more testers, many people believe development release is
>completely unusable until release day. I was moderator of Italian
>forums, I have several examples of these "isterisms", where people was
>scared to see "development branch" in MOTD!
These aren't random fears. People without sufficient experience to dig themselves out of a
sudden and deep whole should not be running the development release.
>How can we help motu-sru to avoid some SRU requests for trivial tasks,
>allowing a greater audience to test packages without the need to
>upgrade? My proposal is to prepare early backports of the most commonly
>used packages in Universe. Starting from Feature Freeze, we could
>identify some packages with high popcon and determine if it's worth to
>prepare a backport for current stable release (new upstream releases,
>new features to be tested, and so on), so the main part of the Ubuntu
>users can effectively test packages and report issues, so they can be
>fixed in time for the release.
>What do you think?
I've certainly done this for packages I'm interested in. It works. Mostly
what it needs is interested parties to test backports so we can approve
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