March 24th, 2009
It’s nearly time for the big one!
Thursday is the NVIDIA / nouveau Test Day for Fedora 11. The nouveau driver is replacing the older nv driver for NVIDIA cards in Fedora 11, and we need widespread testing to make sure it works properly on as many cards as possible. We’re doing everything we can to make this test day really easy to join in: a live CD with the latest nouveau code will be available for both i586 and x86-64 architectures, and there’s a simple set of just three (plus one optional) test cases to run. All you need is a computer with an NVIDIA graphics card.
So, if you have an NVIDIA card and half an hour to spare, please visit the wiki page, download the live CD (when it’s available, it’s not up quite yet), run through the test cases and report your results. If you’re free on Thursday, join #fedora-qa on IRC to discuss your testing in real time with other testers, the nouveau maintainer Ben Skeggs, and the Fedora QA team, who’ll be on hand to help with any problems. See this page if you don’t know how to use IRC. We really need as much testing as possible on this one! Even if you use another distribution (hi, Mandriva readers!) you can use the live CD to test, and the results will ultimately benefit your distribution too, because all distributions are likely to switch to the nouveau driver in the future, and all Fedora’s work on the driver is of course contributed upstream (in fact, Ben is one of the leading upstream developers of nouveau). Thanks a lot, everyone.