View Full Version : How can I contribute/help testing best?

June 16th, 2008, 02:25 PM
The thing is, I have been using Ubuntu for quite some time now (well, 1 year, but it seems longer) and I would like to get a bit involved. Due to my full-time job, I cannot spend much time, but I can do some translations, report some bugs and such I guess.

How can I get started, is reporting bugs something that needs IT background or can I just do that as a normal user? Also, where do I have to sign up - are there websites to gather the bugs?

June 16th, 2008, 02:52 PM

There are some things you should know before testing the development release, which is especially relevant since Intrepid has not even had a standalone alpha release yet (as we are fairly early in the development process).

I would recommend that you familiarize yourself with some specific quirks and oddities of the development process that you may not have been exposed to from normal usage of a released version of Ubuntu. Usually there are sticky threads to explain all this, but they are not available for Intrepid yet as 23meg will be doing some editing and reorganizing.

Take a look at 23meg's sticky threads from the Hardy development forum (bearing in mind that some information needs to be updated): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=826197. Also, take a look at my reply in this thread (to a dependency issue that you will experience regularly), as it lists some common issues that you will experience during the development process: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=821839

By understanding the flow of the development process, you will be able to make better decisions on how to react to and solve common issues, and know what kind of bugs should be reported, and what kind should not. Knowing the prerequisites will help keep the signal/noise ratio low both in this forum and on Launchpad.

Your contributions will be much appreciated, and welcome to the forum!

June 16th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Here is a thread about helping to test Hardy.
I think you can use that until a new one gets out for intrepid.


June 16th, 2008, 03:09 PM
Yes--welcome aboard!! We all try to help each other & solve the "quirks" that come up.. You'll find that stopping at this forum BEFORE you do that update can really save you---most likely someone has already found the problem/has a answer/filed a bugreport/or patched the problem......

Happy bug hunting!!!!

June 17th, 2008, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the replies!
Will do my best to help

June 19th, 2008, 03:10 PM
Testing Hardy is still highly relevant as we approach the first point release. I blogged about it here (http://blog.omma.net/?p=11). Has there been a post about that in the forums? If not I should do one.

Also see the SRU verification page (http://people.ubuntu.com/%7Esbeattie/sru_todo.html) where we track updates scheduled for Hardy.1 that still need verification. Any help there is appreciated too!

June 19th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Has there been a post about that in the forums? If not I should do one.

I have one typed up locally that I've been unable to finish up and post due to time constraints; will post in the next hour or so.

June 19th, 2008, 06:38 PM
Lovely, thank you :)