I spent all day smoke testing the install images for yesterday’s (this mornings – gee just after midnight local so we still had 11 hours to spare) Debian GNU/Linux 10.0.0 “Buster” release.
This year we had our “Biglyest test matrix ever”, 111 tests were completed at the point the release images were signed and the ftp team pushed the button. Although more tests were reported to have taken place in IRC we had a total of 9 people completing tests called for in the wiki test matrix.
We also had a large number of people in irc during the image test phase of the release – peeking at 117…
Steve kindly hosted his front room a few of us – using a local mirror of the images so our VM tests have the image available as an NFS share really speeds things up! Between the 4 of us here in Cambridge we were testing on a total of 14 different machines, mainly AMD64, a couple of “only i386 capable laptops” and 3 entirely different ARM64 machines! (Mustang, Synquacer, & MacchiatoBin).
In the photo are Sledge, Codehelp, Isy and myself…
A Special thanks should also be given to Schweer who spent time testing the Debian Edu images and to Zdykstra for testing on ppc64el .
Finally sledge posted a link of the bandwidth utilization on the distribution network servers last week it looked like this:
That is seeing 500MBytes/s daily peek in traffic.
Pushing Buster today the graph looks like:
1.5GByte/Second – that is some network load :-)
Anyway – Time to head home. I have a release party to attend later this afternoon and would like *some* sleep first.
 Local mirror is another ARM Synquacer ‘Server’ – 24 core Cortex A53 (A53 series is targeted at Mobile Devices)
 irc nicks have been used to protect the identity of the guilty :-)