Possible new release criterion: installation boot menu

James Laska jlaska at redhat.com
Fri Jul 16 18:16:37 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-07-16 at 10:45 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> Hey, folks. We had a somewhat contentious bug come up in the blocker
> meeting this morning:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=614488
> the graphical boot menu that should come up when you boot the installer
> currently isn't. None of our existing Alpha, Beta or Final release
> criteria deals with this kind of situation.
> The simple approach here is to have a criterion which says that the
> graphical bootloader menu must appear at boot, and make it Alpha. An
> alternative approach would be two criteria:
> Alpha: when booting a traditional installer image, the boot sequence
> should be such that the system boots into the installer (after a
> reasonable timeout for any optional user input, if appropriate) without
> the need for any user input.
> Beta: the graphical boot menu must appear as intended.
> What does everyone think would be best here? One of the above, or some
> other option? Thanks!

Just to add some visual exhibits ... see the attachments to compare
rawhide and Fedora 13 boot dialogs.

I was going to suggest the criteria around the timout, but you've
already suggested that above.  I think that's a nice touch.

Is there a large technical challenge that requires splitting the boot
criteria in two?  I'm not opposed to it, but I'm not sure if it's an
artificial division, or if there are really cases that demand the split.
If we can require that the boot media be setup correctly at the Alpha, 

Another thought, I recall there was some debate about adding release
criteria for the artwork.  Would it make sense to rephrase the second
point to something more specific to Fedora artwork? [1]


[1] I thought this was added already, but I'm not seeing it at the
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