Fwd: Expanding our QA outreach effort

Rory O'Donnell rory.odonnell at oracle.com
Fri Aug 1 15:14:43 UTC 2014

Any input welcome 

Rgds, Rory

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> From: dalibor topic <dalibor.topic at oracle.com>
> Date: 1 August 2014 16:10:01 IST
> To: "adoption-discuss at openjdk.java.net" <adoption-discuss at openjdk.java.net>
> Subject: Expanding our QA outreach effort
> Hi,
> as you can see from the draft Q2 report [0], our QA outreach effort is going strong, and resulted in a regular stream of high quality bug submissions. Rory, Balchandra and me recently chatted about how to expand this effort further, to include more FOSS projects (and in particular their core developers) in this outreach effort.
> With the increasing adoption of OpenJDK 8 in Linux distributions [1], I would expect upstream projects packaged by Linux distributions to get rebuilt and re-tested on OpenJDK 8, uncovering issues to fix in such projects, or eventually in the JDK itself. [2] Accordingly, I think the next round of FOSS projects to reach out for this Group's QA outreach effort to could come from the set of projects being packaged by popular Linux distributions like Fedora, Debian, etc.
> I don't think that we should take on too much at once, though, i.e. try to reach every open source project out there, so I'd be looking to add 'just' another 20-ish projects until Java One.
> What we have found worked well in the past was to establish contact with a FOSS project's lead / core developers first, to understand if they would be willing to participate and regularly test & report bugs against builds, and to then work off that to build a solid connection with our contacts helping shepherd bugs to the right channels, providing feedback on progress and more.
> That's why for this round I have compiled a pretty arbitrary list of around 20 projects packaged in Linux distributions, which I would like to contact about taking part in the QA outreach effort:
> Apache Commons Collections
> Apache Commons Exec
> Apache Commons Lang
> Apache Commons Math
> Apache Felix *
> Apache Mina
> Apache Open Office *
> Apache POI *
> Apache Struts
> bnd *
> Bouncy Castle
> Clojure *
> Ehcache
> gradle *
> iText *
> Jetty *
> JGit *
> Jitsi
> Jython
> Libre Office *
> I think that I have some initial contacts for the projects marked with a * , but I could always use more - so if you know a *core developer* [3] on a FOSS project listed here, send me an e-mail *off-list* and I'd be happy to get introduced, along with Rory and see if they are willing to participate.
> The same holds for any other major FOSS projects you know core developers of - again, send me an e-mail off-list, and we'll coordinate the next steps. In addition, feel free to suggest other FOSS projects to get in touch with in this, or next round.
> So - please, don't reply on list with other people's contact data, like e-mail addresses - get in touch with me & Rory off list instead. Reply on list with further projects to contact, if you have specific FOSS projects in mind that you believe would be interested in participating.
> As we add new projects, they'll appear in the wiki, and we'll announce additions on the list, as well.
> cheers,
> dalibor topic
> [0] https://wiki.openjdk.java.net/display/Adoption/Quarterly+Report+for+Q2+2014
> [1] https://packages.qa.debian.org/o/openjdk-8.html & https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openjdk-8
> [2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-java/2014/04/msg00092.html
> [3] I.e. someone actively working on the project with a sufficiently deep understanding of the said project's code base to be able to provide high quality bug reports
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