[kde-community] RFC: Distribution outreach program

Sebastian K├╝gler sebas at kde.org
Mon Feb 1 13:04:37 UTC 2016

On Saturday, January 30, 2016 07:09:16 PM Aleix Pol wrote:
> > Personally not, but I'd like other people from distributions to chime in.
> How about coming up with a set of scripts that give score to an
> installation?
> This way we can say "OpenSuse scored X points/K stars in our
> compatibility test" and yet we have some metrics to help improve
> integration.

I think a set of scripts would just encourage people to game the system. The 
real problem is user experience, and that's a vague enough concept that it 
can't be checked with scripts.

It would be good to have a list of things that should just work for users, and 
check for that. I think the checking itself needs to be done by a human, 
though, to judge if it's just a script passing, or if things actually work the 
way they should.

This check-list would of course be used by distros in the first place to make 
sure that a set of basic functionality passes.

I'm not against automated testing at all, I just think it doesn't work at the 
highest level and bears pitfalls of distros gaming the system, or people 
actually care more about the number of points they get than the actual user 

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