Have you seen this dialog? It’s from a pretty handy utility called preupgrade. Preupgrade takes some of the complexity out of upgrading your Fedora system. But like any software, to keep running smoothly, it needs testing and maintenance.
For the past several releases, Fedora QA has hosted several test days (F14 and F13) to shake out bugs related to system upgrades using the preupgrade tool. Those same tests are also included in our regular release validation matrix. I’d like to think that regular, organized testing of preupgrade (and installer upgrades) contributes to a more reliable upgrade experience once Fedora GA’s. Thanks to Hurry for helping to organize these events. 🙂
Testing involves performing system upgrades using the latest preupgrade package. There are test instructions (including test cases) on the wiki page. Fedora QA and Richard Hughes (preupgrade maintainer) will be in the IRC channel #fedora-test-day on Freenode all day to help with testing and answer any questions you might have. If you’re not familiar with IRC, a web-based (WebIRC) client is available.
To participate, you’ll need a Fedora 14, or Fedora 13 system ready for upgrade. Test systems can be bare metal or virtualized guests, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t have a previous release handy, don’t worry … live images for previous releases are a great way to quickly install a working desktop.
Unfortunately, preupgrade doesn’t test itself, so we need your help. This is a good chance to get a head start on Fedora 15 Beta testing, and help identify preupgrade-related bugs early. See you on Thursday!