March 12th, 2012
Yup, it’s Test Day time again. We did start up quite late this cycle, it feels like, but we’re stacking them deep each week to make up for it!
Tomorrow, Tuesday 2012-03-13, is USB 3.0 Test Day. The aim here is to do some fairly in-depth testing of USB 3.0 support to make sure it’s all working okay from the kernel to the desktop. As this is hardware testing, the requirements are obviously a bit ‘higher’ than normal – you will need an actual bare metal machine to install Fedora 17 onto, with at least one USB 3.0 port, and a USB 3.0 stick. If you have all of the above, though, please come along and help out!
Wednesday 2012-03-14 is desktop internationalization (i18n) Test Day. In contrast to last week’s localization Test Day, we’ll be focusing here on areas like input methods and language packs for packages like Firefox and LibreOffice. All you need to help out here is a virtual machine or real system to run Fedora 17 on – you can run many of the tests from a live image, if you like – and, ideally but not required, a non-US keyboard and knowledge of a non-English language.
Finally, Thursday 2012-03-15 is GNOME Shell Test Day, sure to be a well-attended event! Please check your flamethrower at the door. We’ll be doing general reliability and functionality testing on Shell as it stands in Fedora 17, and focusing particularly on new features and Shell extension integration. All you need for this one is a system on which you can run Fedora 17; you can use a live image to do most of the testing, and you could use a virtual machine in theory, though at time of writing, there are various problems with running Shell in the three major virtualization frameworks that may make this not the best idea.
As always, these test days will be taking place in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC. If you’re not sure what IRC is, see here, and you can use WebIRC to join in. Please do come along and help – it’s a great way to contribute to Fedora!