Interested in making Chrome OS better? Join Chrome OS Testing, a brand new (unofficial) community for canary / dev / beta testers!
Chrome OS is a rapid release product with major software updates shipping to users roughly every 6 weeks. That's fast!
Fast updates can sometimes result in bugs though, and bugs are bad. To help combat this, Chrome OS allows anyone to test new versions of Chrome OS before they're pushed to everyone else. This is called the "channel" system, with each major update spending about 6 weeks on each release channel.
At the very top of this system is the bleeding-edge canary channel, which is prone to frequent big issues. Next up is the dev(eloper) channel, which is more stable, but still considered unstable for general usage. Then there's the beta channel, which is where a final layer of polish is applied before an update is pushed to everyone via the stable channel. Each update is promoted from one channel to another on a schedule.
Many Chromebook owners have already discovered these channels and are actively contributing feedback about the unstable versions. That's great! Unfortunately, there isn't really a good place to go to talk to other users running the same beta software to check if a bug is specific to you, or affecting everyone.Enter Chrome OS Testing
, a solution to this problem. The mission of this community is earlier, better detection of issues, reducing the number of issues that make it through to stable releases of Chrome OS.
Participation is completely voluntary, but we would love to make this a warm and welcoming environment for the super savvy to hang out and hunt down bugs.
As noted in the title, this is an unofficial community. It is not endorsed by the Chrome OS team. Leading this project are a handful of top contributors from the support forum who deal with bugs on a daily basis. You can guess why these individuals would want to help stop said bugs as early as possible :)
Does this sound like a community you could see yourself fitting into? Excellent! Come on in, the door is unlocked (*you may need to jiggle the handle - that will be fixed in a maintenance release at a later date).
Feel like you need to learn a little bit more about the release channels before you're ready to jump in? That's okay too! Here's a great resource for learning more:https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1086915?hl=en
We hope to see you soon! #ChromeOS #Testing