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

  1. 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.
  2. (optional)
    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.
  3. (optional)
    If you also experience problems with the daily 'testing' image, please try the latest daily image for 'unstable'.
  4. 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.

Christian Perrier
Last modified: Sat Jun 19 15:41:05 CEST 2004