HOWTO: Software Testing for Sabayon

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Joining Software Testing Team

If you wish to assist with software testing for Sabayon Linux, assistance is always welcome. We need testers to download ISO images and make sure they boot, install, no crashes/failures, and live on limbo repository. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who isn't familiar with virtual machines, partitioning, or is afraid of losing data on their machine. If you feel comfortable with those requirements, you may be a great candidate! Please contact someone in the #sabayon-dev IRC channel and let them know you're interested in joining the testing team. You will be contacted and request your email to be added to the testing group.


What kind of skills do I need to join testing?

That actually depends on what skills you have and would like to learn. We're flexible and can teach you what you need to know. You just need to be prepared in case your machine loses its data. Backups! We plan to perform installs on virtual machines(BIOS/UEFI), bare metal machines(BIOS/UEFI), configure machines to our preferences, test graphics and wireless drivers/cards, check md5sums of ISO images, check the mirrors for up to date images, check that all hardware is recognized and working out of the box, run benchmarks, check for regressions, and look for solutions. The point is to catch problems before they arise for normal users looking for a mainstream release. You'll be living on the bleeding edge in the limbo repository getting package updates before the rest of our users. Do you use your linux machine in a way that many people don't? Even better! this gives us more thorough testing.


What if the issue isn't Sabayon Linux, but a piece of software?

We lookup where to report the bugs and we file them accordingly. KDE, Gnome, atom, libreoffice, VLC, etc. They all have a place to report bugs. The more data on the bug and the more users reporting it, the easier it will be to get it fixed.