Removing Optical Boot Requirement from F20 Alpha Release Requirements

Kamil Paral kparal at redhat.com
Thu Sep 19 09:26:03 UTC 2013


> This conversation was started on Monday in the QA meeting but I forgot
> to send anything out to the list. We're a bit short on time, so a quick
> vote would be appreciated
> 
> Tim
> 
> 
> As currently written, the Fedora 20 alpha release requirements [1] state
> that optical media must boot:
> 
>   Release-blocking live and dedicated installer images must boot when
>   written to optical media of an appropriate size (if applicable) and
>   when written to a USB stick with at least one of the officially
>   supported methods.
> 
> [1]http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_20_Alpha_Release_Criteria#Release-blocking_images_must_boot
> 
> 
> The question was whether it was important to have this requirement at
> alpha when the isos aren't required to be the correct size until beta.
> As it currently stands, the DVD isos can't be burned to single-sided
> DVDs.
>  
> I propose that we modify that we do two things:
> 
>  1) modify the alpha criterion so that it only requires optical media
>  to work if the isos are correctly sized
> 
>  2) require booting from optical media at beta when the isos are
>  required to be properly sized
> 
> Proposed change to the "supported media types" section of the release
> blocking media criterion [1] :
> 
>   Release-blocking live and dedicated installer images must boot when
>   written to optical media of an appropriate size (if applicable and the
>   images are correctly sized) and when written to a USB stick with at
>   least one of the officially supported methods. Release-blocking ARM
>   disk images must boot when written to a medium bootable by the
>   platform under test, according to the instructions for the platform
>   under test.
> 
> [1]http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_20_Alpha_Release_Criteria#Release-blocking_images_must_boot
> 
> 
> Proposed change to the beta release blocking image criterion [2]:
> 
>   Difference from Alpha:
>     This criterion differs from the similar Alpha criterion in that it
>     requires optical media to boot and that all supported methods of
>     writing a Fedora USB stick to work, not just any single one.
> 
> [2]http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_20_Beta_Release_Criteria#Release-blocking_images_must_boot

I agree.

However, there's one corner case to consider. Due to some licensing issues we still can't test UEFI in VMs. That means we can't really test UEFI boot and installation of Live/DVD/netinst other than burning it (or doing a USB conversion, but then we don't test the vanilla ISO). If Live/netinst burning is broken for some reason (other than being oversize, which is not very likely for these two images), we might have troubles verifying that UEFI works. OTOH this is a very unlikely situation to occur. I'm mentioning it for completeness.


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