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Friday, October 9, 2015

How Im Earning My Beer part 1

St. Stephen's CathedralI had the pleasure of attending WineConf 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The weather was better than I could have asked for, the food was excellent. The company of thirty five other contributors to Wine was encouraging and appreciated. It's the first WineConf in years and it was well overdue.

Photo credit: Marcus Meissner, WineConf 2015 Everyone's reports are trickling in and we're all scurrying to do the work asked of us to help move the project along. The coming weeks and months should reveal the community is more driven than ever. We've re-united with those who had trickled to Wine-Staging and there's a flurry of updates going to wiki pages, blogs, and articles all around. Not to mention the process changes, thinking around bugs and forums, and so much more.

My little piece has to do with what we are called to action over every time we meet.

Every WineConf, we fret over this page and it's various friends:

Wine's Conformance Test Results Page
Ideally, we would have every single test passing on each version of Windows that's running our tests AND we would have it passing on Linux and Mac systems. As you can see, we're a little remiss in Mac test results in the last two months. Wine's test suite isn't (wasn't) running successfully enough on any Mac to report its results.

This year's idea is that next year we *might* insist that before anyone can have a beer on Friday night, they have to fix one test on this page. Granted, I'm a little early and arguably submitting more tests to the page is not fixing tests themselves... but it is making it so everyone else has something to fix. Hopefully that's where I'm earning my beer... and I'm not even sure I want a beer, to be truthful. Maybe I want a nice glass of Wine, seriously.

It is not to say that I'm going it alone, getting Wine's tests to run on any system means that tests have to be written well by the Wine community. It means that I have to have a way to install dependencies on OS X. And, it means I drag my peers through reviewing the problems I'm seeing even if they are caused by my own human error.

For the Wine community, it means OS X results that run in some reliable fashion. It means a contribution in a different form. It's something I'm proud of because the task isn't all that easy. If you're looking for a way to contribute to Open Source, understand that contributions come in many forms. They come from community support, testing, spreading the word, development, and so much more. After I release this blog post into the world, the absolute best thing I can do is go back to WineHQ and ensure that my method of getting Wine's Conformance Tests to run is logged on one of the many wiki pages. With that, I will have come full circle and made a decent suggestion on how others can help too.

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