Yes, it is now that legendary time, well loved by the hearts of men for millennia(*): Graphics Test Week!
Tomorrow – 2009-09-09 – is ATI/AMD Radeon graphics card Test Day. Thursday – 2009-09-10 – is NVIDIA graphics card Test Day. And Friday – 2009-09-11 – is Intel graphics card Test Day. I am currently rolling up a pair of live CD images that will likely be used for all three days; they should be uploaded soon. Please, please grab the live CDs, do the testing, and come out to the Test Day(s) for the graphics hardware you own! As always, graphics are a critical piece of Fedora and we want to make sure Fedora 12 works on as wide a range of graphics hardware as possible.
The testing’s very easy to do and it shouldn’t take more than an hour of your time to boot the live CD and run the tests. There’s no need to install anything to hard disk. You don’t even need to be a Fedora user to take part, and what’s in Fedora’s drivers today will be in everyone else’s tomorrow, so helping us test this benefits all distributions down the road.
The Test Day gatherings themselves are held in IRC, in channel #fedora-test-day on the Freenode network. Please do join in if you can – we can help advise you with any questions you have, and if you run into bugs, the developers can investigate them with you right away. See this page if you’re not sure how to use IRC. If you can’t make it out for the actual day, though, you can still do the testing, and your results are still useful! Just download the live image, do the tests, and fill in the results table as the page instructs. Many thanks to everyone who’s able to make it out and do the testing. Remember – tomorrow ATI; Thursday NVIDIA; Friday Intel.
* – well, okay. Not really millennia. More like…months.