Thank you for your interest in helping to test openSUSE. It is people like you that make open source software happen. Testing and finding issues is a critical component to the delivery of any software, and this page aims to bring together the required resources in one place. Especially to help new testers, but also be a resource for more experienced testers to help them maintain testing of a high quality and consistency between releases.
The development cycle
In addition to the current stable release of openSUSE, there is a development version of openSUSE called Factory on which openSUSE Tumbleweed is based. On the openSUSE:Roadmap you will see development releases such as Milestones and Release Candidates, these releases are snapshots in the ever changing Factory.
Testing is generally done on a regular basis on openSUSE Tumbleweed and on the latest development release, with additional testing sometimes done using updates from Factory to verify bug fixes. More information on the development process can be found on the development portal.
Besides the manual testing there is an automated system called openQA which runs predefined tests on the latest factory snapshots, release version builds, maintenance requests and more. An overview of the latest results can be found here.
One very important aspect of being a good tester is to be able to report the issues that you find, that is, to 'Submit a bug report'. They need to be as clear as possible, so that the developers can understand exactly what component has an issue and under what circumstances. Don't worry, there are a lot of resources to help you learn how to write a good bug report.
If you need help/support in testing, if you have topics to discuss or if you are just interested in this area, join the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list (see openSUSE:Mailing lists page how to subscribe) or join us on IRC #opensuse-factory.
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- Help Update the HCL with information from your hardware. Portal:Hardware
- Linux Desktop Testing Project (LDTP in short)