Posted Mar 10, 2005 16:15 UTC (Thu) by cthulhu
Parent article: Is the kernel development process broken?
I'm a perfect candidate to be a kernel tester, but I've never "tested," per se. Lately, I've tended to resist upgrades because I finally got all the things I need working, and due to lack of time. I do want to keep going forward, and I am currently engaged in a big (for me) effort to upgrade my several home machines to 2.6.x.
My method of testing is to configure/compile/install a new kernel, then see if my favorite things still work: X, audio, CD/DVD burner, USB devices. If they do, then I keep running said kernel until something crops up. At that point, I might make the connection with the kernel upgrade, but mostly only if it's a show-stopper.
So why I'm commenting, is that I'm wondering if there's some project that collects a bunch of test scripts for most of the standard features, like the things I mentioned above, plus perhaps file system testing to make sure there's no corruption.
Perhaps there is and it's commonly used - either way, it would probably be good to mention it here in case there are others like me who would get more active in testing if there was an easy way to do a bunch of it quickly...
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