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Final Objectives

The objective of the Final release is to: 

  • Provide a polished final release suitable for meeting the needs of our Target Audience

Final Release Requirements

In order to be released to the general public, the Final 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.

There may be times where a requirement is unmet only in a  particular configuration, such as with some keyboard layouts but not  others, or if a particular character is used in a username, password or  passphrase. In such cases, the release team should use their judgement  and refer to precedent to determine whether or not the issue should be  considered to block the release. They should consider the number of  users likely to be affected by the issue, the severity of the case when  the issue is encountered, and the ease or otherwise with which the issue  can be avoided by both informed and uninformed users.

The term 'release-blocking desktops' should be understood to mean  all the desktop environments in which bugs are currently considered  capable of blocking a Fedora release. The current set of release-blocking desktops is LXDE. Note that bugs in desktops  that are not part of this set which would infringe these criteria  automatically qualify for nice-to-have status, according to the nice-to-have bug process.

Final Release Requirements

  • All Fedora 17 Beta Release Criteria must be met 
  • All bugs blocking the F17Blocker tracker must be CLOSED 
  • All services in a default install must start properly 
  • All critical path actions on release-blocking desktop environments should correctly display all sufficiently complete translations available for use 
  • Menu sanity - the following criteria refer to both a live  image and default installed system, and to all release-blocking desktops 
  • All Applications listed in the system menus (or equivalent) must have icons which have a consistent appearance and sufficiently high resolution to avoid appearing blurry 
    • All applications listed under the Applications menu or category  must start successfully 
    • All applications listed under the Applications menu or category must withstand a basic functionality test and not crash after a  few minutes of normal use.  They must also have  working Help and Help -> About menu items 
    • No application may unintentionally appear twice in the menus. In particular, items under System must not appear under  Applications
  • All elements of the default panel (or equivalent)  configuration in all release-blocking desktops must function correctly  in common use 
  • Saving passwords in the desktop default keyring (if the  desktop implements one), and retrieving passwords from the keyring, must work for all release-blocking desktops 
  • The proposed final Fedora artwork must be included and enabled  by  default for the installer, graphical boot, firstboot, graphical login and desktop background.  All Fedora artwork must be consistent  with the proposed final theme, and if any artwork contains a graphical  version number, the version number used must match the Fedora release  number.  Generic release  artwork (e.g. Alpha, Beta, Development) must  not be used for the final release 
  • No notices or alerts about pre-release status should be present 
  • The final branded release notes from the Documentation team  must be present on ISO media and the appropriately versioned generic  release notes must be available in the online release repository 
  • A fedora-release  package containing the correct names, information and repository  configuration for a final Fedora  release (as opposed to a pre-release)  must be present on media while the appropriately versioned generic-release package must be available in the online release         repository 

Final Blocker Bugs 

A bug is considered a Final blocker bug if any of the following criteria are met: 

  • A  bug in a Critical Path package that:  
    • Cannot be fixed with a future stable update 
    • Has a severity rating of high or greater and no reasonable  workaround (see definition of severity and priority) 
  • Bug hinders execution of required Final test plans or dramatically reduces test coverage 
  • Bug relates to an unmet Final Release Requirement

Note: The Fedora-ARM group will consider only bugs that are specific to ARM, i.e., if the primary architecture version is considered acceptable for primary architecture, only an ARM-specific bug will block the ARM release. A Fedora feature  being incomplete, in and of itself, does not constitute a blocker bug.  The feature process is separate from this process. Features are required  to meet certain standards at certain points of the release cycle, but this is part of the feature process and managed, tracked and enforced separately from this process. However, if a proposed feature being incomplete causes any of the above criteria to be met, then the bug is a release blocker. 

Contingency Plan 

  • If all of the Final Release Requirements are not met by 20:00 UTC on Tuesday the week prior to release day, the release will be delayed by one week so that the Final 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 Final Requirements 

The Fedora-ARM group 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.

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