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Provide a single, well-known location with information about whether or not Factory is broken, and a link to the last known-good Factory tree.
Sometimes Factory is broken. Brokenness typically comes in one of these types:
- Installer images missing
- Installer doesn't work
- Metadata is missing
- Package/file conflicts
- Dependency problems
- Major bugs with packages in the "Critical Path" (see openSUSE:Critical Path Packages Proposal)
When Factory is broken it's much harder for people to become Factory testers, harder for developers to get fixes into the hands of testers, and other such badness.
First, we should create test cases for each of the types of breakage described previously. These should be automated or scripted when possible.
These tests should be run regularly (daily if possible) by QA team members and other interested parties. The results should be submitted and displayed prominently on a public website.
When a tree is deemed good (i.e. when it passes all the tests) someone from QA should file a ticket with rel-eng to create a "known-good" symlink for that Factory tree. This link should be public and well-known. The name "factory-tested" is suggested for this known-good Factory.
- QA Team members (i.e. testers) will need to do regular (daily) testing
- rel-eng will need to move the symlink when requested
- Define requirements for Good vs. Broken
- Write test cases to check each requirement
- Automate test cases wherever possible
- Set up a system (webapp?) to allow testers to submit results for tests that can't be automated
- Public website that shows results of daily factory testing
- Set up a known-good factory ("factory-tested") link based on those test results
- Publicize a link to the "factory-tested" known-good tree
- openSUSE:QA Factory Acceptance Test Plan used to define Good vs. Broken.
- identify test cases in that test plan
- create a "isfactorybroken" page
- Many important test cases have been automated on openqa
- code: 
- There is a snapshot repo available for updates and net-installs at http://download.opensuse.org/factory-tested/repo/ - this can be useful in cases when you would use Factory, but want to reduce the risk of having to recover your system (of course, the risk is still not zero). This repo gets updated to factory, whenever the tests showed, that basic functions (installing, updating, X11) were still working.
Need to list requirements / solicit mockups for the webapp.
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