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Drop Optical Media Release Criterion


Proposal to not require testing of physical optical media before Fedora Release (GA). This doesn't mean that installation from optical media would stop working, just that the Fedora QE Team wouldn't need to actually test it before the Fedora Release. Should any member of Fedora QE Team or community find any issues regarding physical media boot, those would still be treated as any other blocker bugs. Installation from USB devices on bare metal machines and installation from virtual optical drives in virtual machines will still need to be tested.


Current status

Detailed Description

We are currently blocking Fedora Release on bugs specific to installation from optical media and requiring that this method of installation is tested before Fedora Release. It seems wise to believe that only a fraction of user base installs Fedora from Optical Media rather than USB drive. New computers and laptops are usually sold without CD/DVD drives and installation from optical media takes longer and is prone to errors more compared to the installation using USB drive.

This change would affect following images for installation from physical optical media:

  • Fedora-Everything-netinst-x86_64-_RELEASE_MILESTONE_.iso
  • Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-_RELEASE_MILESTONE_.iso

There has been a discussion on test list regarding this change in the past: proposal: drop optical media from release criteria

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora QE Team and testers from community will have more time to test parts of Fedora that are far more visible and exposed to end users.

Fedora QE Team would have more time to add and test additional high-profile blocking deliverables (like Fedora Silverblue) in near future.


  • Other developers: No involvement by other developers needed
  • Policies and guidelines: No changes needed
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

No change for upgrades/compatibility

How To Test

Testing not applicable (this change shouldn't result in any changes to the distribution)

User Experience

Users installing Fedora from optical media might hit some bugs and might not be able to complete Fedora installation using Optical Media at all.



Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Revert changes to indicate we require testing of physical optical media again
  • Contingency deadline: Final Freeze
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No



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