Contribute at the Fedora Linux Test Week for GNOME 46

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The Desktop/Workstation team is working on final integration for GNOME46. This version was just recently released, and will arrive soon in Fedora Linux. As a result, the Fedora Desktop x QA teams are organizing a test week from Monday, February 19, 2024 to Monday, Feburary 26, 2023. The wiki page in this article contains links to the test images you’ll need to participate. Please continue reading for details.

GNOME 46 has landed and will be part of the change for Fedora Linux 40. Since GNOME is the default desktop environment for Fedora Workstation, and thus for many Fedora users, this interface and environment merits a lot of testing. The Workstation Working Group and Fedora Quality team have decided to split the test week into two parts:

Monday 19 February through Thursday 22 February, we will be testing GNOME Desktop and Core Apps. You can find the test day page here.

Thursday 22 Febuary through Monday 26 Febuary, the focus will be to test GNOME Apps in general. These will be shipped by default. The test day page is here.

How does a test week work?

A test week is an event where anyone can help ensure changes in Fedora Linux work well in an upcoming release. Fedora community members often participate, and the public is welcome at these events. If you’ve never contributed before, this is a perfect way to get started.

To contribute, you only need to be able to do the following things:

  • Download test materials, which include some large files.
  • Read and follow directions step by step.

Happy testing, and we hope to see you on one of the test days.

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7 Comments

  1. Darvond

    Oh, how I long for the test week for DNF5 system upgrade instead. If anyone who has contact with the SiG or github group is interested, give em’ a firm kick in the shins for me; on account of https://github.com/rpm-software-management/dnf5/issues/258 sitting on their metaphorical buttocks for two Fedora releases.

    I don’t for the life of me, know what would need tested in Gnome, even if it is a major release; it should be practically identical to any release of Gnome since 2011; Gnome 3 or arbitrary versioning scheme otherwise. The testing pages don’t exactly mention what has changed that should be expected to have unexpected results if applicable.

    …Aside from the typical extension breaks, but that’s to be expected of a desktop environment driving everyone mad with their own bespoke decorator library that isn’t even cross desktop compatible or fully GTK compliant. (“My way or the highway” isn’t extending an olive branch, it’s an annexation.)

  2. iysheng

    Whether I can install gnome 46 on fedora 38?

    • No, it would not be helpful because it would not be a configuration that many people would use. Use a virtual machine or install Fedora Linux 40/rawhide on an extra disk drive or thumb drive. Thanks.

    • hammerhead corvette

      You could run Gnome OS and be on the latest version of Gnome.

  3. Luna bittin Jernberg

    Will try to help out if i have energy being sick at the moment

  4. Grandpa Leslie Satenstein @

    I have been using Fedora 40 beta, with Gnome 46 for a week. Because I use a Canadian French keyboard layout, I had issues with “Front door log-in”. I did raise a bug report that has been accepted.
    Once logged in, it is a delight to use Fedora 40. Everything that I use, worked as well or better than expected.
    I understand that the current installation program will be reverted back to anaconda, as provided with Fedora 39. For me, this reversion is a plus.

    Summary. With installation problem(s) resolved, this Fedora40 distribution version will be a fantastic upgrade. It will come with more features. as well, with the same memory footprint as with Fedora 39.

  5. Mikael

    I just tried out Fedora 39 during last weekend and normally being an Ubuntu guy, I am converted! I am definitely switching to Fedora as my desktop Linux.

    The only thing I don’t like about Fedora 39 is the installer (anakonda?): The button placement is ridiculous. Sometimes the “continue” button is located in the top left corner, other times in the bottom right corner. At one point, I even considered looking for the “missing” button in my bedroom because I couldn’t see it on the screen.

    I hope they make a much better installer, even though their current offering may not be ready for prime time just yet.

    Especially, it would be wonderful if the installer wrote all choices to an .INI file (or other configuration file) on the installation USB key after the installation was completed so that you can quickly spin up a new installation without having to answer the same stupid questions over and over.

    I mostly use Linux in VMs and most of them I don’t customize much, because they are only used to build one or more FOSS projects, after which they are deleted and a new VM is set up.

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