Contribute at the Fedora Test Week for Kernel 5.11, Audio, and i18n 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 next week.

  • Wednesday March 03 , is to test the Pipewire Audio changes in Fedora.
  • Monday March 08 through March 15 , this test week is focusing on testing Kernel 5.11 .
  • Tuesday March 09 through March 15 , is to test the Fedora 34 i18n features.

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

Audio test day

There is a recent proposal to replace the PulseAudio daemon with a functionally compatible implementation based on PipeWire.

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 in their preferred languages and it’s important that we test the changes.

Kernel test week

The kernel team is working on the final integration for kernel 5.11. This version was just recently released and will arrive soon in Fedora.

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 5.11 kernel on your system!

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Regards.,

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