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23meg
April 27th, 2010, 11:59 PM
After six milestone releases, Ubuntu 10.04 will be final this Thursday. It's thanks to those of you who volunteered to test the previous milestones that we got mostly showstopper-free milestone releases along the development cycle, and it's now time for one final effort for the final release.

What Is ISO Testing?

A while before each Ubuntu development milestone release (alphas, betas and the RC), as well as the final release, the package archive is frozen, and only bug fixes that help towards a high quality testing release are accepted. Towards the end of this period, usually on the first day of the week leading to the release, a set of daily images are designated as candidates for release, and are subject to an additional round of testing commonly referred to as "ISO testing", in order to ensure that they're reasonably free of showstopper bugs and ready to be tested by the broader testing audience that grows with each milestone.

How You Can Help

Final Freeze (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FinalFreeze) is now in effect, and candidate images for the final release are available on the ISO testing tracker (http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/). You can test any number of test cases you'd like, and report bugs.

If you're unfamiliar with the procedures, there are two good places to start:

Ara Pulido's tutorial (http://ubuntutesting.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/old-friend-iso-testing-tracker/) on how to use the ISO testing tracker

The testing procedures page on the Ubuntu Wiki (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/ISO/Procedures)

If you need immediate help with testing, the best place to go is the #ubuntutesting IRC channel on irc.freenode.net. And feel free to ask any questions you may have on this thread.

kansasnoob
April 28th, 2010, 05:22 PM
IMHO it's shaping up nicely :)

I'm only aware of one bug w/i386 that I'd like to see addressed in the release notes that hasn't been already:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bug/570765

The devs deserve a hat tip and more for their efforts with this release :guitar:

Edit: Evan Dandrea has added a release notes task!

Best devs in the world! I distro-hop a lot just seeing what others are doing and IMHO Ubuntu is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!