Contribute at Fedora Linux 35 Audio, i18n, GNOME 41 , and Kernel test days

Fedora test days are events where anyone can help make sure changes in Fedora work well in an upcoming release. Fedora community members often participate, and the public is welcome at these events. If you’ve never contributed to Fedora before, this is a perfect way to get started.

There are three upcoming test events in the coming weeks.

  • Tuesday, September 07 to September 13 , is to test week i18n .
  • Thursdy, September 09 to September 16 , is to test GNOME 41 .
  • Sunday, September 12 to September 19 , is test week for Kernel 5.14 .
  • Wednesday, September 15 is to test Fedora Linux 35 Audio changes.

Come and test with us to make the upcoming Fedora 33 even better. Read more below on how to do it.

i18n test week

GNOME is the default desktop environment for Fedora Workstation and thus for many Fedora users. A lot of our users use Fedora Linux in their preferred languages and it’s important that we test the changes. The wiki contains more details about how to participate.

Audio test day

There is a recent proposal to replace the PulseAudio daemon with a functionally compatible implementation based on PipeWire. This means that all existing clients using the PulseAudio client library will continue to work as before, as well as applications shipped as Flatpak. The test day is to verify that everything works as expected.

GNOME test week

GNOME is the default desktop environment for Fedora Workstation and thus for many Fedora Linux users. As a part of the planned change the GNOME 41 megaupdate will land on Fedora which will then be shipped with Fedora Linux 35. To ensure that everything works fine the Workstation WG and QA team will have their test week from Thursday, Sept 09 through Sept 16 . Refer to the wiki page for links and resources to test GNOME during test week.

Kernel test week

The kernel team is working on the final integration for kernel 5.14. This version was just recently released and will arrive soon in Fedora Linux. Refer to the wiki page for links to the test images you’ll need to participate. This document clearly outlines the steps. The test image goes live 24hrs before the test week starts.

Testing the new kernel is easy. And there are various ways.

You can use a virtual machine:

  1. get the Test Day image
  2. configure a VM (KVM, VirtualBox, whatever)
  3. boot the test day image

Or you can use a bare-metal machine (a laptop or a desktop):

  1. It is better to don’t test it on a production machine, and at least make a backup of your important data (it is advisable to regularly backup your data even if you don’t plan to test the new kernel :wink:)
  2. get the Test Day image, put it in a USB stick, and boot the live system

Then:

  • check if the live system boot (if you are not confident, it could be sufficient to do that)
    Run the test:
    • open a terminal
    • cd kernel-tests
    • sudo ./runtests.sh

Finally:

In any case, there is no need to install the 5.14 kernel on your system!

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Regards., HTH

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