new Release Criterion proposal: kernel+initrd boot

Kamil Paral kparal at
Mon Apr 16 14:11:48 UTC 2012

> > about:
> > 
> > It must be possible to install by booting the installation kernel
> > directly, including via PXE, and correctly specifying a remote
> > source
> > for the installer itself, using whichever protocols are required to
> > work
> > for package retrieval at the current phase (Alpha, Beta, Final).
> > This
> > must work if the remote source is not a complete repository but
> > contains
> > only the files necessary for the installer itself to run
> Great, I like it, and the meaning is the same.
> > I like the basic idea of the criterion. I'm still not really sold
> > on
> > what phase we should be applying it to, though PXE and virt-install
> > together are obviously fairly good arguments for alpha or beta...
> In the Alpha criteria we already require that "all" provided boot
> methods work, which means netinst, DVD and Live [1]. I don't think
> PXE/kernel boot should be different in this case, the images are
> provided in the compose alongside netinst, DVD and Live. This
> criterion just states that we consider vmlinuz+initrd as part of
> this "all provided boot methods" as well (which is a correct thing
> in my view).
> We could even just easily append it to that criterion [1] itself. But
> since there are more options in PXE boot (installer not being part
> of initrd and other complications), we would have to assume a lot of
> things silently, or mention it explicitly anyways, so a separate
> criterion seems better and more readable.
> [1] "The installer must boot (if appropriate) and run on all primary
> architectures, with all system firmware types that are common on
> those architectures, from default live image, DVD, and boot.iso
> install media"

If there are no further objections I'll put it into Alpha criteria tomorrow.

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