Vince McIntyre proposal
If you want to help us test the installer, it is important to
understand how the installer team is working. We will make a
series of Test Candidate images, each as good as we can make it.
When we get a good enough candidate, we will declare a that the
new Debian Installer is released, and Debian will have overcome
the major hurdle to releasing Sarge.
The current test candidate is N, released on YYYY-MM-DD.
We also make daily "snapshot" images. As bug reports come in, and
fixes are applied, the fixes get merged into the daily images.
There are two kinds of daily images. One is built with packages
from 'testing' (a.k.a. 'sarge'). This collection of packages will
ultimately make up the final release.
The other is built with packages from 'unstable' (a.k.a. 'sid').
These packages are less tested than those in 'testing'. Typically
fixes get added to 'unstable' and when they have proven themselves
they enter the 'testing' collection.
How to test
Start with one of the
Test Candidate 2
images. Try to install Debian with it, making a note of what worked
and did not work.
If you experienced problems with the test candidate, please try
the latest daily image for 'testing'.
Hopefully your problem is already fixed, in this image.
If you also experience problems with the daily 'testing' image,
please try the latest daily image for 'unstable'.
Now file an installation report.
This is the most important part of the process!
It is only way to get problems fixed; if we don't
know about the problem, we can't fix it.
If you had problems with the Test Candidate, please explain
what they were, and if either the testing or unstable daily
image resolved them.
It also saves a lot of the d-i team's time if you review
the bug reports for the package
and point out any that you think relate to the problems you
experienced. There's no need to review them all, just
check those filed since the Test Candidate was released.
If you had no problems, that is good to know as well.
Though it sounds a bit strange, just go ahead and file a
bug against 'installation-reports', using the
The report will be reviewed by one of the d-i team and closed.
Clearly written bug reports are like gold to the
d-i team. Please take a little time to fill out all sections.
If you are unsure what to write, take a look at the
existing bug reports.
Reports are especially encouraged from people installing
on an architecture other than x86.
In some cases, you may be asked to submit extra information,
usually log files. Instructions on how to get the logfiles
can be found here.
Last modified: Sat Jun 19 15:41:05 CEST 2004