Contribute at the Fedora Test Week for Kernel 5.9

The kernel team is working on final integration for kernel 5.9. This version was just recently released, and will arrive soon in Fedora. As a result, the Fedora kernel and QA teams have organized a test week from Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 02, 2020. Refer to the wiki page for links to the test images you’ll need to participate. Read below for details.

How does a test week work?

A test week is an event where anyone can help make sure changes in Fedora 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

The wiki page for the kernel test day has a lot of good information on what and how to test. After you’ve done some testing, you can log your results in the test day web application. If you’re available on or around the day of the event, please do some testing and report your results. We have a document which provides all the steps written.

Happy testing, and we hope to see you on test day.

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  1. Sayali Joshi

    I want to become an active contributor to fedora tests .
    let me know the process to start with one

  2. Anon Ymous

    Cool, I will help test because I have the Red Hat tree in my DNA. Fedora gave so much to the world, its time ppl give a little back to Fedora. Fedora is open source, so we should open our herts and do some testing. Fedora is free so we should freely give our time and testing ability. After all, Fedora did so much for all of us, its the least we could do to help a bit with testing.

  3. Anon Ymous

    So Fedora 33 is supposed to be out of beta by the 27th, is this testing the same kernel for F-33? Or did they delay F33 for the week of final kernel testing?

    • Peter

      No, Fedora 33 is released on kernel 5.8.x but will be rebased on 5.9 some time in November (as F32 will be). This testing is unrelated to today’s F33 release.

    • Peter

      Fedora does not ship the NVIDIA driver since it is not free. The opensource driver nouveau will support Nvidia cards on kernel 5.9.x, so not a problem.

    • Peter

      The text you link is quite funny:

      They say: “Linux Kernel 5.9+ is incompatible with current and previous NVIDIA Linux GPU drivers”

      ) The driver is incompatible with the kernel, that’s what it is…

      open-source driver from intel and amd keep working perfectly fine on 5.9.x

  4. Leslie Satenstein

    I loaded the Everything ISO dated 22 Oct.
    I chose to install all user interfaces.
    Gnome,I3,OpenBox, Plasma, Qtile,Ratpoison,XFCE, xmonad, Kmonade mate, make…

    Here are the results after first boot

    leslie:x:1001: ======= should be 1000 As admin, and first user,
    tail passwd shows)

    ls -l of $HOME was OK but…

    mounting a Fedora 33 partition from an earlier test
    ll /ISOs
    total 770524
    drwxrwxr-x. 2 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Sep 27 14:03 Arch
    -rw-r–r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 299892736 Apr 1 2020 clonezilla-live-2.6.5-21-amd64.iso
    drwxr-xr-x. 4 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Jul 25 19:38 DEEPIN
    drwxrwxr-x. 2 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Aug 23 11:46 EndeavourOS
    drwxrwxr-x. 5 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Oct 22 18:18 Fed33
    -rw-r–r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 2464 Oct 14 21:23 fstabarko
    -rw-r–r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 2590 Oct 14 21:25 fstabfed33
    -rw-r–r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 3198 Oct 13 19:33 fstableap
    -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 3155 Oct 19 08:26 fstabsdb
    -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 1402 Oct 18 10:53 fstabshare
    -rw-r–r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 4455 Oct 13 09:13 fstabsuse
    -rw-rw-r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 383778816 Jul 10 11:12 gparted-live-1.1.0-5-amd64.iso
    drwx——. 20 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Oct 19 00:01 leslie
    drwx——. 2 leslie hugetlbfs 16384 Jan 27 2020 lost+found
    drwxr-xr-x. 2 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Sep 28 18:44 MakuluLinux
    drwxrwxr-x. 2 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Aug 2 16:13 ManJ
    drwxrwxr-x. 3 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Apr 1 2020 MEMSTUFF
    -rw-r–r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 29476 Jul 14 19:48 msttcore-fonts-installer-2.6-1.noarch.rpm
    -rwxr-xr-x. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 1837 Apr 7 2020
    -rw-rw-r–. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 102 Jul 16 22:05 SHA256SUMS
    drwxr–r–. 23 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Oct 16 19:40 share
    drwxr-xr-x. 3 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Oct 20 19:15 SUSE
    drwxr-xr-x. 2 leslie hugetlbfs 4096 Oct 22 17:57 Ubuntu
    -rwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie hugetlbfs 105207588 Mar 31 2020 VirtualBox-6.1-6.1.4_136177_fedora31-1.x86_64.rpm

    The group number did not match the password file number, which did not match the usual #1000 as the admin,first user.

    For the record, I redid the installation with just gnome and KDE, and everything is fine.

    I am also finding that after a computer power-on, the first boot locks up before the login screen is presented. On system reset and reboot, the system presents the logon screen and everything is fine.

  5. leslie Satenstein

    Please note: I was evaluating the BETA,

  6. Leslie Satenstein

    Using the ISO, I installed and tested the new Kernel. Works for all the desktop functions I use. The ISO details are confusing. Some part says F33, but what is installled is Fedora32.

  7. Heliosstyx

    “The Arch Linux team is warning their users (and other people running very up to date versions of the Linux kernel) that Linux 5.9 is somewhat incompatible with NVIDIA video drivers. While basic graphic functions should continue to work, some other driver features will not. “NVIDIA is currently partially incompatible with Linux >= 5.9. While graphics should work fine, CUDA, OpenCL, and likely other features are broken. Users who’ve already upgraded and need those features are advised to switch to the Linux LTS kernel for the time being until a fix for NVIDIA is available.” (Source:

    What’s about this warning in Fedora, would the Kernel-team consider this warning during the test week, because many Fedora users have a Nvidia-Graphics-card?

    • laolux

      I hope that Fedora will not spam me with warnings concerning proprietary software. I use Fedora for a good reason. If I wanted to deal with the quirks of proprietary software, then I would use Windows to begin with.

  8. Barron T

    Thank you NVIDIA.

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