Fwd: Release Status Report - 8.2.0

Kim Quirk kim.quirk at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 19:37:49 EDT 2008

Testing People, Support People, Technical Contacts in Deployments,

Please see the note below from Michael Stone who is the release manager for
our upcoming 8.2.0 release. Along with Michael acting as a central contact
point for development input to this release, Joe Feinstein has recently
joined OLPC as our QA Lead. He will be generating the release criteria, and
directing the test planning and execution. They are currently working to
document the full list of features targeted for this release. Please send
your thoughts on release criteria to Joe (copying appropriate public lists).

I have added a number of people to the TO: list who are technical contacts
from various country deployments. We are talking about setting up a mailing
list of deployment technical people (deployment-tech?). This list would be
used for OLPC to post release and use-case information to countries. It can
also be used for countries to provide feedback on requested features and
serious bugs. Continue to use 'help at laptop.org' ticketing system to report
bugs and get general help.  Please respond if there is interest in this
mailing list.

Kim Quirk
VP Software and Support

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Stone <michael at laptop.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 6:12 PM
Subject: Release Status Report - 8.2.0
To: devel at lists.laptop.org, sugar at lists.laptop.org
Cc: Kim Quirk <kim.quirk at gmail.com>

I promised regular status reports on our release work and I've been lax
in writing them. Here are my current thoughts on the content of and
risks associated with our second ("August") 2008 release, 8.2.0. These
assesments are heavily based on current rates of improvement and
available labor. (I'm seriously concerned about upcoming distractions,
but don't quite know how to factor them in.)

Current Thoughts:

 * I'm EXPECTING major changes in:

   a) Sugar frame/home-view rework   -   Marco
   b) Sugar control panel            -   Simon
   c) Browser improvements           -   Simon/Tomeu
   d) F-9 Rebase                     -   Dennis/Michael
   e) Manually enabled power management    -   Chris/Scott/Deepak
   f) Presence & collaboration reliability bugfixing
         - Collabora, Morgan
   g) Backup to XS

 * I'm NOT EXPECTING major changes in

    the Journal
    the Datastore
    activity isolation  (modulo faster launching)
    the neighborhood view

 * I'm UNCERTAIN about what architectural changes will be available for
  consideration in:

    collaboration (e.g. gadget, cerebro, telepathy-cerebro).
          - Collabora, Polychronis
    theft deterrence   - Scott, Emiliano
    software provisioning (e.g. olpc-update / reflash) - Scott, Mitch
    wireless/connectivity  -  Michailis, Cozybit, Deepak

 I'm also UNCERTAIN about several CONFIGURATION DEFAULTS like:

    touchpad in absolute or relative mode?
    hot-corners delay?
    activity placement algorithm / view
    invalid browser certificate handling algorithm

Next steps:

 If you're working on something where I'm expecting major change, then
 we should discuss moving your changes from development into an
 official test build for QA in the next week. I suggest contacting me
 by public email with your first proposal. Documentation in Trac bugs
 or wiki pages will be happily accepted.

 (If you think I've misjudged an changeset, please reply so that we can
 fix the issue.)

Open Questions:

 * You want to make changes to the release candidates. What is your
  burden of proof (of quality/readiness) today? What will it be N weeks
  from now?

 * We managed to ship the Ship.1? release only after we agreed on the
  "WE ARE DONE WHEN: ..." list. What are the contents of the release
  checklist this time around?  (Need to figure out how to involve the
  deployment tech leads... in answering this).



P.S. - Ancillary documentation:

Release Process: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Plan_of_Record-2008
Priorities: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Priorities-2008

Stub 8.1.1 Features: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_8.1.1_Features
(needs to be finished so we can write


for the QA dept).
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