Hi Fedora users, developers, and friends! It’s time to start thinking about Test Days for Fedora Linux 35.
For anyone who isn’t aware, a Test Day is an event to get a bunch of interested users and developers together to test a specific feature or area of the distribution. Test Days usual focused around IRC for interaction and a wiki page for instructions and results You can run a Test Day on just about anything for which it would be useful to do some fairly focused testing in ‘real time’ with a group of testers; it doesn’t have to be code. For instance, we often run Test Days for l10n/i18n topics. For more information on Test Days, see the wiki.
Anyone who wants to can host their own Test Day, or you can request that the QA group helps you out with organization or any combination of the two. To propose a Test Day, just file a ticket in fedora-qa repo. See fedora-qa#624 as an example. For instructions on hosting a Test Day, see the wiki.
You can see the schedule by looking at the repo. There are many slots open right now. Consider the development
schedule, though, in deciding when you want to run your Test Day. For some topics, you may want to avoid the time before the Beta release or the time after the feature freeze or the Final Freeze.
We normally aim to schedule Test Days on Thursdays; however, if you want to run a series of related Test Days, it’s often a good idea to do something like Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday of the same week (this is how we usually run the X Test Week, for instance). If all the Thursday slots fill up but more people want to run Test Days, we will open up
Tuesday slots as overflows. And finally, if you really want to run a Test Day in a specific time frame due to the development schedule, but the Thursday slot for that week is full, we can add a slot on another day. We’re flexible! Just put in your ticket the date or time frame you’d like, and we’ll figure it out from there.
If you don’t want to run your own Test Day, but you are willing to help with another, feel free to join one or more of already accepted Test Days (dates will be announced later in the release cycle):
- GNOME Test Day
- i18n Test Day
- Kernel Test Week(s)
- Upgrade Test Day
- IoT Test Week
- Cloud Test Day
- Fedora CoreOS Test Week
And don’t be afraid, there are a lot of more slots available for your own Test Day! If you have any questions about the Test Day process, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of the Fedora QA team on the test mailing list or in #fedora-qa on IRC. Thanks!