Posted Mar 8, 2013 12:49 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: Rolling testing
Parent article: Shuttleworth: Not convinced by rolling releases
You cannot test sound on a random laptop, obviously; but you can check that there is a sound module loaded at boot on a certain set of laptops, not too much problem. Also, for this particular problem Ubuntu is using an industry-standard, well tested kernel for a reason.
For the rest of the distro a couple of machines would be enough to test that packages are downloaded and installed, and then that apps start correctly. Getting detailed info about every bug in a package is quite harder, but that would be an area where a distro has to cooperate with upstream.
Finally, manual testing à la Debian is great. I don't mean "Debian testing" as a concept, but the Debian "testing" distro (right now frozen): packages are uploaded to unstable, then migrate to testing after 10 days if there are no show-stoppers (where the manual part comes in). For me Debian testing it has worked as a rolling distro for the last 10 years.
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