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Archive for November 29th, 2010

Announcing factory-tested

November 29th, 2010 by

Good news everyone! There is something new that is better than Factory and Milestones.

You might have heard users complaining about openSUSE Milestones being alpha quality and RCs/GMs being beta quality only.

You might also have heard developers complaining that people only start testing RCs, which is too late to fix most bugs (some users don’t know that).

You might also have heard geeks calling for rolling releases to always have bleeding edge software.

Luckily, all of the above can be helped.

I have been thinking about this situation and how to improve it.
The main problem is, that Factory is sometimes broken. So how can we make testing new software safer, even between milestone-releases (which are manual factory-snaphots)?

There is now a factory-tested repository that only gets updated when tests show that factory meets the following minimum requirements:

  • The system can be installed,
  • Zypper can install software,
  • And X11 can be started – at least on KVM

While this can not save users from all major bugs, it is already a big improvement to current Factory which gets released whenever it builds. So, why don’t you give it a try?

For more info on test-results (including videos), you can also have a look at the openQA page.