Another idea for improving our Q&A

Dan Meltzer parallelgrapefruit at
Tue Dec 1 14:26:36 CET 2009

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 5:46 AM, Mark Kretschmann <kretschmann at> wrote:
> Heya,
> a while ago we had discussed some possible strategies for improving
> our Q&A (catching regressions, mostly). Back then, I had proposed to
> increase our release cycle to 8 weeks, and doing a beta release after
> 6 weeks.
> Anyway, this proposal wasn't met with much enthusiasm, but now I think
> I might have a better idea, causing less work, while still helping
> with improving quality:
> * Cycle stays at 6 weeks, just like planned.
> * 2 weeks before tagging, we could send a mail to amarok at,
> asking our users to test Git mainline for critical regressions.
> * In order to make it easier for the users, we could roll a tarball,
> upload it on our Kollide server, but without publishing it officially
> on the KDE ftp server.
> * Additionally, we could send a link in this mail, pointing to this
> guide that Myriam wrote about installing Amarok locally in $HOME.
> So basically my hope is that this could help us a bit, without
> creating much extra workload. Rolling the tarball is easy with our
> script, I could offer to do this, if we want to go this route.
> Does this sound like a workable compromise? :)

Considdering that during this debate originally, the idea was to roll
a beta tarball right after hardfreeze for this sort of testing.....
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