Desktop validation testing expansion

John Dulaney j_dulaney at
Sat Jul 10 13:55:43 UTC 2010

At the appropriate points, will we be able to download complete ISOs for each desktop, ready to rock and roll?


> Subject: Desktop validation testing expansion
> From: awilliam at
> To: xfce at; lxde at; kde at; test at
> Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 21:36:06 -0700
> Hi, everyone.
> I'm sending this email to more widely announce something we've been
> working on for a while. I've spoken to leaders of the XFCE, KDE and LXDE
> teams about this. We'd like to propose expanding the desktop validation
> testing that was initiated in the Fedora 13 cycle.
> During F13, these tests were used to check for blocker bugs only for the
> GNOME desktop. We did run the tests against some of the other desktops
> at some checkpoints, but failures from those runs weren't considered as
> blocking the release.
> For the Fedora 14 cycle, I'd like to try to run the desktop validation
> test set - that's the testing documented at
> - on all
> four major desktops at each checkpoint, and consider failures at the
> relevant level to be release blocking bugs.
> We've made some adjustments to the test suite already to reflect the
> input from each SIG, and we may yet work on refining the procedure a
> little more, but the outline of the plan is simple enough.
> This would be technically on an experimental basis, as the GNOME testing
> was during the F13 cycle; if it seems to be causing too much trouble and
> making it impractical to work to our release plans, we might reconsider
> the idea during the cycle. But we didn't have to do that for F13, and
> I'd hope we won't have to for F14 either.
> The leaders of the various desktop SIGs are fairly confident that their
> SIGs will be able to contribute in running the tests and fixing blocker
> issues promptly as they're identified. I think the QA group will also be
> able to contribute to this process, particularly in carrying out the
> testing.
> If anyone from QA or any of the SIGs has comments or concerns on the
> proposal, please air them now! Thanks a lot :)
> If we do end up going ahead with the idea, I'll follow up with all of
> the SIGs when we hit the first round of validation testing to keep you
> all informed on how the process works and how to contribute to it.
> -- 
> Adam Williamson
> Fedora QA Community Monkey
> IRC: adamw | Fedora Talk: adamwill AT fedoraproject DOT org
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