The objectives of the Alpha release are to:
- Publicly release installable media versions of a feature complete test release
- Test accepted features of Fedora 13
- Execute all Fedora 13 Alpha test plans 
- Identify as many F13Beta blocker bugs as possible
- Identify as many F13Blocker blocker bugs as possible
Alpha Release Requirements
In order to be the released to the general public, the Alpha Candidate (RC) must meet all of the following criteria. This is intended to make the decision process as clear and straightforward as possible. Mostly met items are incomplete until they are met. Optional and nice to have items should not be included in this list.
- All bugs blocking the Alpha tracker must be CLOSED
- All of the tests in the Fedora 13 Alpha Media Install test plan must be run (all failures are reviewed for consideration as Fedora 13 Alpha Blocker bugs)
- All tests in the Fedora 13 Alpha Install Release test plan must be run
- All tests in the Fedora 13 Alpha Functional Release test plan must be run
- In most cases, the installed system boots and starts up properly (see Blocker_Bug_FAQ).
- The installed system is able to download updates with yum
- No file conflicts or unresolved package dependencies during a media-based (CD/DVD) install
- Installer boots and runs on all primary architectures: i686 and x86_64
- Media-based installed (boot.iso, Live image, DVD)
- One of http or ftp remote installation sources
- Display environments - text-mode, graphical, VNC
- Package set - Default
- Block devices - IDE, SATA, SCSI
- Partition - Default and encrypted default using entire disk and existing linux partition
- Recovery - anaconda supports submitting failures to bugzilla
- Both Firefox and the terminal start without error
Alpha Blocker Bugs
A bug is considered an Alpha blocker bug if any of the following criteria are met:
- A bug in a Critical Path (see http://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org/mash/rawhide-20091201/logs/critpath.txt) package that:
- Cannot be fixed with a future rawhide update
- Has a severity rating of high or greater and no reasonable workaround (see definition of severity and priority)
- Bug hinders execution of required Alpha test plans or dramatically reduces test coverage
- Bug relates to an unmet Alpha Release Requirement
- If all of the Alpha Release Requirements are not met by 20:00 UTC on the Wednesday one week prior to release day, the release will be delayed by one week so that the Alpha Release Requirements can be met.
- One week will be added to all remaining tasks in the release schedule, including the final release date.
- This decision will be made at the Go/No-Go Meeting
Confirming Alpha Requirements
QA has the responsibility of determining whether the criteria for the release has been met (as outlined above) through discussion with Development and Release Engineering. QA's findings will be reviewed and discussed at the Go/No-Go Meeting.