I like opt-in upgrades

asked 2014-10-24 18:37:02 +0200

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Hey folks, as we know there is a silent group of highly capable people working under NDA, testing SailfishOS before we see it.

Coming from a debian world and being a large fan of the inner workings I'd like to ask again for a public testing squad, procedure could be to have your NDA mule do the debian equivalent of sid, just like it is doing now, but add a permanent opt-in for developers and other interested folks to a debian equivalent of testing instead of having a main release every month or so and have total busts like the modem and reboot fallout, considerably beta ware, not strapped on to your avg. customers (I like to call them $user), I see that you did not release yesterday as I read somewhere you would but instead made it an opt-in only upgrade. What do others think? Please comment!

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I really like the idea because I'm one of interested folks, interested in helping make sailfishOS better, with testing, feedbacking... I wouldn't mind if something won't work as expected in the first releases.

drummer12 ( 2014-10-24 18:40:47 +0200 )edit

I like your idea, personally I prefere a working phone but are willing to do some manual "tweaking" in order to get things running - I think that would be a "testing" branch.

till ( 2014-10-24 18:43:20 +0200 )edit

@till exactly, and in the testing branch the fix for a problem could be applied faster as probably someone would guide the way to a patch for Jolla before they even know it is there, like with all that connman/wpa_sup hick-up - before I even recognize a bug there had already been a patched rpm been ready.

chemist ( 2014-10-24 19:01:25 +0200 )edit

Good idea. Mageia Linux has "Cauldron" for this purpose.

vattuvarg ( 2014-10-24 19:01:44 +0200 )edit

I would also like that, yes, but there needs to be a way of limiting access to the "sid" as unfortunately there exist a largish user base of people who like the idea of being on the bleeding edge but lack the skills to live up to it :(

The way I see it; there could be a population of bleeding-edge testers that are able to get updates from a restricted channel with just "zypper ref; zypper up". The channel should be subscription-only with secured access so that normal users would not be able to set it up on their devices even by spoofing/forging.

juiceme ( 2014-10-24 19:04:46 +0200 )edit