We had a great meeting tonight thanks in part to Adam Williamson
talking to us about Fedora Testing Days. Check out the log for
For those of you who use gmail to search, below is the log.
01:00:27 <StabbyMc> #startmeeting
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01:00:37 <StabbyMc> #topic NA Ambassadors Meeting - Announcements
01:00:47 <StabbyMc> Welcome everyone.
01:00:53 <Arsenick> .fas Arsenick
01:00:55 <adamw> hi
01:00:55 <dnhodgson> .fas dnhodgson
01:00:56 <Arsenick> Hi
01:00:57 <zodbot> Arsenick: arsenick 'René Jr Purcell'
01:00:59 <StabbyMc> Anyone got announcements?
01:01:01 <zodbot> dnhodgson: dnhodgson 'Darcy Hodgson'
01:01:02 <mock> .fas mock
01:01:06 <zodbot> mock: actown 'Derrick Dymock' <actown(a)gmail.com> -
mock 'mark mcintyre' <mark(a)mockgeek.com> - mocker ''
01:01:06 <Actown> .fas Ac-town
01:01:09 <zodbot> Actown: actown 'Derrick Dymock' <actown(a)gmail.com>
01:01:09 <crossbytes> .fas crossbytes
01:01:14 <zodbot> crossbytes: crossbytes 'Kevin Higgins'
01:01:18 <djf_jeff> .fas jfsaucier
01:01:19 <zodbot> djf_jeff: jfsaucier 'Jean-Francois Saucier'
01:01:45 <dnhodgson> I have something. Might have been brought up
before but not sure.
01:01:51 * inode0 had a quick announcement ...
01:02:00 <StabbyMc> dnhodgson: go, then inode0
01:02:12 <dnhodgson> bought a copy of linux pro magazine and fedora 12
was the feature DVD. just thought it was cool.
01:02:49 <dnhodgson> Also wondered if that was something that we setup
with them or if the magazine just does that
01:02:59 <grantbow_> .fas grantbow
01:03:03 <zodbot> grantbow_: grantbow 'Grant Bowman'
01:03:40 <jetrigger> .fas cwtucker
01:03:41 <zodbot> jetrigger: cwtucker 'Chris W Tucker'
01:03:50 <StabbyMc> dnhodgson: dunno, anyone else have any ideas?
01:04:22 <inode0> marketing might know something
01:04:44 <StabbyMc> inode0: you got an announcement as well?
01:04:51 <inode0> FreeMedia requests are in for March and we need some
help processing about 20 that remain now, so please help
01:05:11 <StabbyMc> inode0: copy that.
01:05:16 <crossbytes> I will be getting on a few tonight and this weekend should
01:05:18 <StabbyMc> #topic NA Ambassadors Meeting - FreeMedia in North
01:05:23 <StabbyMc> inode0: now paste it!
01:05:24 <crossbytes> ba able to fill about 5-6
01:06:02 <MarkDude> .fas markdude
01:06:04 * inode0 suggests we talk with adamw now so he doesn't need
to suffer through our usual stuff :)
01:06:06 <zodbot> MarkDude: markdude 'Mark Terranova'
01:06:08 <MarkDude> MarkDude: markdude <mark(a)gidgetkitchen.org>
01:06:17 <StabbyMc> #topic NA Ambassadors Meeting - Fedora Test Days
01:06:25 <StabbyMc> #link http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Fedora_13_test_days
01:06:28 <rrix> .fas rrix
01:06:29 <zodbot> rrix: rrix 'Ryan Rix' <ry(a)n.rix.si>
01:06:43 <StabbyMc> Adamw, the floor is yours.
01:07:02 <adamw> oh, yay :)
01:07:03 <inode0> well, he might not have expected that
01:07:09 <adamw> remind me what you wanted me to say exactly?
01:07:19 <adamw> i just sort of got notified to show up to provide
info on test days
01:07:36 <adamw> you just want a quick run-down on the what, why, where and how?
01:07:38 <StabbyMc> Ok, for those of us who don't know, what is test days?
01:07:42 <adamw> alright!
01:07:44 <inode0> someone suggested ambassadors get involved in test
days, can you give us a quick rundown on what that involves?
01:07:57 * grantbow_ cheers for testing
01:08:03 <adamw> oh, first off
01:08:05 <adamw> .fas adamwill
01:08:09 <zodbot> adamw: adamwilltest 'Adam Williamson (test)'
<adamwill(a)shaw.ca> - adamwill 'Adam Williamson' <awilliam(a)redhat.com>
01:08:27 <adamw> for those who don't know me - i'm Adam Williamson, I
work for Red Hat in the Fedora QA team, and I'm kinda sorta in charge
of the whole test day thing.
01:08:49 <adamw> test days are really just events aimed at doing
planned testing on some specific thing; it could be anything, it
doesn't even have to be software.
01:09:13 <adamw> the QA group organizes a track of Test Days for each
release, and we've also had other groups use the 'test day' format in
the past for their own events
01:09:29 <adamw> the F13 Test Day schedule is
, so you can see
what's coming up (and what we've done so far)
01:09:43 <adamw> the last completed test day -
- is a good
example of a typical event
01:10:16 <crossbytes> ? about 'f13 livecd'
01:10:16 <adamw> the web page just explains what the event is supposed
to be testing - webcams, in this case - provides instructions on
testing, notes the IRC channel where testers can come to interact in
real time, and provides a space for reporting results.
01:10:19 <adamw> yup!
01:10:46 <adamw> crossbytes: go ahead
01:10:56 <crossbytes> the live cd is to big for cd is it going to be dvd?
01:11:21 <crossbytes> and are we going to be getting id of mono?
01:11:25 <inode0> let's come back to that later
01:11:32 <adamw> that seems separate from test day topic...yeah thanks inode0 :)
01:11:46 <adamw> okay, carrying on...
01:12:19 <adamw> as I said, test days can be organized in various
different ways. we encourage people to suggest test day topics, and
then they can either arrange the event themselves (and we in QA
provide support), or we will arrange it for them, depending on what
01:12:33 <adamw> there is an SOP explaining how to run a test day
01:13:00 <adamw> that explains how to put one together from start to
finish if you want to run one yourself. i've heard that projects that
have nothing to do with fedora have used the process to organize
testing events, which is obviously cool.
01:13:36 <adamw> we mostly use test days to do regular testing on
really important things (like graphics support), and to test the new
features of upcoming releases - but we've done other types in the past
too, it's a very open-ended system.
01:14:00 <adamw> i guess the most relevant things to ambassadors are:
we're always happy to take suggestions for test day topics, and we
absolutely love people to come out and help test
01:14:06 <adamw> so anything you can do to help drive that would be great
01:14:17 <inode0> so for those of us just starting ...
01:14:30 <adamw> we try to keep the bar for getting involved as low as
possible - wherever it's practical we set up the testing so you can do
it just from a live boot, and we provide step-by-step instructions for
testing for most events
01:14:31 <inode0> we can grab a live rawhide image the day of the testing?
01:14:46 <adamw> yes. well, it's a live Branched image now, really
01:14:54 <adamw> (since Branched - f13 at present - and Rawhide aren't
the same thing any more)
01:14:57 <inode0> bug people for anything that isn't clear on IRC
01:15:18 <adamw> yup. you just go to the web page, read the
instructions, run the tests, and add your results to the table, and
IRC is there for any questions or problems
01:15:40 <adamw> we usually aim to have at least one QA person and one
developer of the component being tested present on IRC during the
official test day period
01:15:59 * lcafiero_ sneaks into the back of the room and sits down.
01:16:00 <jetrigger> seems pretty straightforward
01:16:02 <adamw> hey larry
01:16:13 <inode0> in two days we'll find out
01:16:15 <lcafiero_> hey adamw
01:16:32 <adamw> jetrigger: yup, that's the aim. occasionally we do
run test days on advanced topics that wind up being mostly Red Hat
staff, but you can usually spot those a mile off
01:16:46 <adamw> when you don't know what the name of the test day
means and you can't understand the instructions for the simplest test
01:17:03 <jetrigger> k
01:17:19 <adamw> the one coming up this thursday is an interesting one
- if you're an enterprise person with a crazy fibre channel SAN
storage setup you could get together with davidz and do some really
01:17:30 <adamw> but there'll also be simple tests anyone with a hard
disk can do
01:18:07 <adamw> the one coming up this thursday is
01:18:18 <VileGent> adamw, as i told jlaska today i will start help
testing this week
01:18:18 <adamw> i'm being lazy and haven't got around to adding the
test cases yet, but they'll be there tomorrow.
01:18:24 <adamw> VileGent: thanks!
01:18:44 <adamw> the 'official' QA track test days usually come every
01:18:57 <adamw> if we fill up the schedule but need to add events, we
overflow onto tuesdays
01:19:08 <adamw> and I usually do a 'graphics testing week' with three
test days for each of the most common graphics drivers
01:19:40 <adamw> test days are always announced to the test-announce
and devel mailing lists, and in FWN, and on my blog (which is on
planet.fp.o) - any further news-spreading you folks can do is also
very welcome :)
01:19:44 <VileGent> adamw, will the palimpset test for in vms
01:20:17 <adamw> VileGent: sure, you could do the testing in a VM. it
can be useful to test specific LVM or RAID setups if you don't have
the appropriate physical hardware. physical hardware testing is also
useful, of course.
01:20:53 <VileGent> 2 vms are easier to use that 2 boxes
01:20:59 <adamw> so, that's the overview talk - any questions?
01:21:00 <VileGent> than
01:21:40 * inode0 has a non-test day question
01:21:44 <jetrigger> This can be done at any time during the day?
01:22:09 <adamw> jetrigger: yep. you can also do the testing earlier
or later and add your results to the table, it can still be useful
info. the 'day' is just the time when we aim to gather people on IRC,
01:22:26 <adamw> but if you can't make it on the day, we're always
happy for you to do the testing the day before or after and add your
01:22:30 <jetrigger> adamw: thanks, count me in
01:22:48 <inode0> so if I did the webcam testing now someone would notice? :)
01:23:24 <adamw> inode0: we may not notice too loudly if everything
worked, but then we wouldn't really need to; if you hit a problem we'd
notice that and you'd hopefully file a bug and it'd get followed up
01:23:37 <adamw> all you'd be missing out on is having hansg in the
same IRC room to get a quick feedback loop going :)
01:24:33 <inode0> anything else on test days before I wander down another path?
01:24:45 <crossbytes> and is there a wiki on how to file bug reports?
01:25:15 <adamw> crossbytes: yup, I believe it's actually linked on
each test day
01:25:25 <crossbytes> ok thank you..
01:25:47 <adamw> hmm, actually, it isn't in there, i'm sure i used to
include the link. i may have dropped it inadvertently from the
01:26:04 <adamw> anyway, it's
: that's generic
instructions on filing a bug
01:26:14 <adamw> if there's specific information for the particular
test day, we include that on the wiki page
01:27:03 <inode0> adamw: I wanted to take this opportunity to also ask
for some general information about the QA team, if interested how does
one join? Any particular sort of contributors you need help finding?
01:27:50 <adamw> great questions
01:28:06 <adamw> i have a whole talk on the general QA sphere but it's
a bit long to go through here =)
01:28:16 <adamw> we have a pretty good wiki space at
01:28:36 <adamw> i'd particularly point you to
, which gives an overview of
the most important things the QA team does and how to get involved in
01:28:58 <adamw> anything you folks can do to encourage people to join
QA would be just awesome
01:29:18 <adamw> one thing in particular we'd love to have more people
doing is testing updates: see
01:29:40 <adamw> you can also do that for the upcoming release, now:
as I mentioned earlier, we changed the release process from f13
01:29:55 <adamw> most of the time, 'the next release' (currently f13)
and 'rawhide' are now separate things
01:30:25 <adamw> and 'the next release' (otherwise known as
'Branched') should hopefully be less crazy than Rawhide, so if you're
reasonably competent you should be able to run it without too much
01:30:26 <VileGent> yep branch rawhide when needed
01:30:55 <adamw> so right now you could install f13 Alpha and just
install updates as usual, and you'll be getting the latest f13 stuff;
Rawhide is separate, that's working towards f14, and you won't get
01:31:25 <adamw> you can then file feedback on the new f13 packages
via Bodhi, just as you already could for final release updates, as
described on the https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Updates_Testing
01:31:42 <adamw> so yeah, doing 'updates testing' for already-released
Fedoras, or upcoming Fedora 13, is one thing in particular we'd love
to have more people do.
01:32:33 <adamw> the 'test' mailing list is used for QA stuff, so if
you're interested in joining in, have a read of the wiki page and also
sign up for the test list -
01:33:04 <adamw> major qa events and things we want people to help out
with get announced on there. there's a 'test-announce' list which only
gets announcements, too, if 'test' is too high traffic for you (it
gets about 50-80 mails a day, usually).
01:34:33 <inode0> thanks a bunch for helping us get our bearings a bit
with QA tonight
01:34:36 <adamw> sure
01:34:52 <StabbyMc> thanks adamw :-)
01:34:57 <adamw> oh, one other thing - QA also works with releng and
devel to handle the release process, and we're always keen for people
to catch bugs that ought to block the releases
01:35:01 <lcafiero_> thanks adamw -- see you at lfnw
01:35:28 <crossbytes> thank u adamw
01:35:33 <adamw> so if you're seeing a really bad bug in an upcoming
release, please do nominate it as a blocker. you can do that by
setting it as blocking 'F13Beta' or 'F13Blocker' (depending on whether
you think it should block the beta or final release)
01:36:19 <adamw> there are official criteria we go by to decide
whether bugs really are blockers or not -
- but don't
worry too much about those, as we do review all nominated bugs; we'd
much rather have 'false alarms' than miss a bug that should have been
01:36:47 <adamw> if you nominate a bug that we decide isn't really a
blocker, we'll just catch it at a weekly review meeting and drop it
from the list, no harm done, and we don't send someone over to kill
you. usually ;)
01:37:28 <StabbyMc> Just don't have mispellings or bad grammar,
lcafiero will block you ;-)
01:37:39 <adamw> obviously for future releases the blockers will be
'F14Alpha', 'F14Beta', 'F14Blocker', 'F15Alpha' and so on
- the names
are always the same format
01:38:03 <lcafiero_> +1 StabbyMc
01:38:05 <adamw> alright, i'm really done now =)
01:38:09 <grantbow_> thanks adamw
01:38:19 <StabbyMc> adamw +1
01:38:37 <inode0> with luck you'll see a few new people thursday
01:38:51 <adamw> thanks for inviting me!
01:39:36 <StabbyMc> Ok, one of my new goals is to have the meetings
last no more than 1 hour.
01:39:37 * inode0 needs a few minutes before the regularly scheduled
program but start without him
01:39:43 <StabbyMc> So let's roll :-)
01:39:48 <adamw> StabbyMc: sorry =)
01:39:49 <StabbyMc> #topic NA Ambassadors Meeting - Events
01:39:49 <lcafiero_> .fas lcafiero
01:39:50 <zodbot> lcafiero_: lcafiero 'Larry Cafiero'
01:39:54 <lcafiero_> just to make it official
01:40:09 <StabbyMc> adamw: no it was not meant as a dig on you, more
on the longwindedness of us for the remaining items :-)
01:40:19 <StabbyMc> Ok, so Events.
01:40:31 <StabbyMc> Anyone doing an event that doesn't have something they
01:41:20 <StabbyMc> #link https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents
01:41:26 <StabbyMc> Make sure you log 'em.
01:41:50 <StabbyMc> #topic NA Ambassadors Meeting - Budget Review
01:42:08 <StabbyMc> I don't know that we have outstanding budget items, do we?
01:42:30 <VileGent> tshirts??
01:42:49 <StabbyMc> is bpowell here?
01:42:56 <StabbyMc> Or maybe inode0 has talked to him recently?
01:43:37 <StabbyMc> I'll ask inode0 again when he returns.
01:43:44 <StabbyMc> Any other budget?
01:43:49 * inode0 is back
01:43:55 <StabbyMc> tee shirts?
01:44:03 <VileGent> max said the event box for Canada was shipped
01:44:09 <lcafiero_> +1
01:44:45 <StabbyMc> inode0: you heard from bpowell about tees ?
01:44:52 <inode0> I haven't heard anything more about t-shirts but
Brian should have received the go ahead to order them
01:45:14 <inode0> What about stickers?
01:45:42 <StabbyMc> inovice should have been paid, now just waiting
for them to ship from the vendor.
01:45:46 <inode0> I would like to make one suggestion just for people
to think about wrt shipping/warehousing stuff
01:46:37 <inode0> We have a small number of people who have been doing
this for years now but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that
at least some of them would appreciate a break from it
01:47:05 <inode0> So if you would be willing to help out please don't be
01:47:28 <inode0> One of the best things about our swag procurement is
that the load is spread out
01:47:49 <inode0> And if we could spread out the shipping of it as
well I think we'd suffer less burnout
01:47:56 <Arsenick> VileGent, yes and we recieved it
01:48:14 <inode0> Arsenick: did you receive the netbook too?
01:48:22 <Arsenick> not yet
01:48:33 <Arsenick> I don't know if it's on the way
01:49:45 * inode0 would like to talk to TLF folks but that can be post-meeting
01:50:13 <StabbyMc> #topic NA Ambassadors Meeting - Unfinished Business
01:50:26 <StabbyMc> inode0: if it fits in here, and is less than 10
minutes, we're good.
01:50:47 <inode0> ok, related but general question
01:51:00 <inode0> how do we feel about sharing booth space with Red
Hat at events?
01:51:17 <lcafiero_> I thought there was a legal issue preventing us
from doing so.
01:51:21 <lcafiero_> This came up last year at OSCON
01:51:25 * inode0 has an opinion but would like to hear others :)
01:51:45 <StabbyMc> inode0: I would imagine that brand would have a
problem with that.
01:51:59 <StabbyMc> And I don't think it would help us to estabilsh
01:52:06 <inode0> let's assume for right now that it is entirely our choice
01:52:49 <inode0> and this isn't out of the blue, we were asked to
consider it at TLF
01:53:00 <lcafiero_> If it were our choice, I'd say stay separate, for
the reasons StabbyMc brings up
01:53:31 <lcafiero_> Again, it came up at OSCON, and Red Hat was not
fond of the idea, to put it mildly.
01:53:35 <inode0> I generally agree I think it confuses already
01:53:48 <inode0> redhat requested it this time as I understand it
01:53:57 <lcafiero_> In fact, I had to sit in a corner with a pointy
hat for even bringing it up
01:54:08 <grantbow_> wow
01:54:14 <inode0> well, that was you asking to share *their* booth
01:54:16 <lcafiero_> not really, grantbow_
01:54:23 <inode0> that is different :)
01:54:58 <inode0> ok, second part of this is what do we think about
01:55:04 <lcafiero_> It does blur the distinction between Fedora and Red Hat.
01:55:15 <inode0> for branding I'd assume not next door neighbors again
01:55:16 <lcafiero_> Red Hat and Fedora were next to each other at SCALE
01:55:46 <lcafiero_> Don't know how that happened
01:55:53 <inode0> now let me just suggest one reason to consider it
01:56:03 <lcafiero_> I don't think neighbors was as bad as sharing
01:56:25 <inode0> every time I see a picture of a redhat booth at a
community event it is a lonely redhat guy sitting at the table
01:56:27 <lcafiero_> some snickered at our placement -- or theirs --
but it's not the same as being in the same booth
01:56:41 <inode0> that may be a bit of a misperception but it is my perception
01:56:56 <lcafiero_> Not a misperception, inode0 -- I see it all the time
01:57:16 <inode0> would we be helping Red Hat by getting some of our
traffic to their booth?
01:57:40 <lcafiero_> It's not a huge issue with me, but I can see
where having a joint booth can make our work harder in establishing
that we're not Red Hat.
01:57:53 <lcafiero_> Or our people.
01:58:07 <lcafiero_> quaid staffed the RH booth at SCALE on Sunday, I think
01:58:39 <crossbytes> +1 lcafiero
01:58:58 <StabbyMc> pfriends staffed the RH booth at SELF.
01:58:59 <VileGent> and i and vwbusguy staffed the redhat booth on saturday
01:59:19 * inode0 hears little support for Fedora and Red Hat being
01:59:37 <crossbytes> I like the neighbors can send people to RH booth
for RH questions and they can do the same for us..
01:59:44 <VileGent> i have no problem with it
01:59:51 <lcafiero_> Well, again, I have no objection, just the caveat
02:00:19 <VileGent> nn
02:00:21 <inode0> I think it reinforces the "Fedora is Red Hat's
little beta distro" thing
02:00:22 <lcafiero_> And the experience that RH really tore into the
suggestion that we do it for OSCON when there was the possibility we
would be shut out
02:00:56 <StabbyMc> inode0: that's my thought as well.
02:01:40 <inode0> ok, if anyone wants to give me more feedback on that
later feel free to
02:01:47 <lcafiero_> OK
02:01:55 <StabbyMc> Ok, I'm going to call it.
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02:02:37 <StabbyMc> #endmeeting