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  1. #11
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    with Lubuntu, here's my experience so far:

    Lubuntu Precise daily-live 20120203 PPC
    system http://paste.ubuntu.com/829935/

    4 feb 2012

    • alternates are oversized
    • official download link for desktop was missing in QA tracker
    • firefox icon missing in panel (screenshot http://oi39.tinypic.com/2cz82yv.jpg)
    • icon missing on nm-applet (see above screenshot)
    • right click not working (three finger tap though!)
    • ctrl-click not working
    • bottom part of displays not missing but lacking detail??? (see screenshot)
    • all windows maximized upon opening
    • wifi not working (see output of dmesg)

    Code:
    $ cat dmesg | grep -i b43
        [    5.233868] b43-pci-bridge 0001:10:12.0: enabling device (0004 -> 0006)
        [  108.786493] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found (core revision 5)
        [  109.472929] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
        [  109.473677] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
        [  109.476971] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
        [  112.821456] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
        [  112.821468] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
        [  112.821474] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/...devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    • notification-daemon crashes upon notification launchpad bug#927040 (currently private due to core dump)
    • can't connect to .local addresses
    • blank during boot and shutdown
    • file manager crash during install 926980 (private)
    • mirror regression http://mirror/ubuntu-ports but /etc/apt/sources.list has ports.ubuntu.com 756719


    5 feb 2012
    the install ended up failing last night but due to some odd circumstances, i couldn't file a bug for it. this morning in trying to do the install again (12.04->12.04 upgrade versus last night's 11.10->12.04) i get an apt-clone crash 927368 which ends up sort of killing the install. it just sort of sits there saving installed packages, with ubiquity consuming almost no resources. so i can't recreate. off to try to get the new desktop daily going now.

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    PLEASE testers, join in on the Lubuntu testing. it is the lightest weight variant from canonical, which makes it perfect for many ppc machines. i would encourage you to join #lubuntu-offtopic on freenode and the mailing list at http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/Lubuntu-users

  2. #12
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    Question Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    i have a powerbook g4 with a dead hard drive but cd drive works do i need to install ubuntu or just run live cd

  3. #13
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    Unfortunately the only PowerPC machine that I own is, at this point, good for little more than parts. If I could display to an external monitor, I might perhaps be able to get it to work, but it probably isn't worth the trouble. I haven't fired it up in years...who knows if the battery is even any good now.

  4. #14
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    I've a Powerbook G4 17" (2003) i'm running on Debian sid with LXDE. If needed/wished i could install a Lubuntu 12.04 on an external or scsi or usb disk (or even a stick) and try it out.

    For what i saw, playing around with the live-cd of 2 febr is:

    - keyboard settings seems to not work (at least it didn't accept the german mac keyboard although the option was there): 3rd level chooser does not work (or not correctly?)

    - ALT-CTRL-F1 brings me to a completely messed up screen

    - Shutdown/Reboot do not complete the shutdown; it hangs in the same kind of messed up screen i'm going to end with a console request.

  5. #15
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    64bit G5 12.04 is functional, but like some other ppl pointed out not everything works (wifi, sound etc) but the essentials are ok so no worries.

  6. #16
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    I've just done the 'math' and the Ubuntu desktop and alternate CDs require 5 test cases each (http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/m...nes/204/builds). Multiply that by say 5 milestones (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePangolin/ReleaseSchedule) and you are looking at 50 test cases throughout the release cycle just to maintain the Ubuntu CDs alone.

    Aplha 1 and 2 have been missed, so that leaves 30 test cases at the least to go. I think we need all hands to the pump on this.... this is too much for one person to take on (or we need to streamline the process).

    We need the test cases running on the daily builds NOW to see what passes and then concentrate on the PowerPC specific problems that come out. If you've got some spare time just pick a test case and have a go!

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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    Argh! This is getting scary! I file bug reports and people act on them! The latest is this one https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/923094 . I was concerned that if I was going to do a lot of testing with the text installer I wanted proper fan control for the iBook. The module has now been built into the kernel - my concern now is do non G4 'books still have good thermal management? I really don't know enough about how the kernel works!?! Can people test with the new kernel please? THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

  8. #18
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    Hi

    I'm interested in helping with the PPC testing bcs I really want Ubuntu to maintain support for this architecture - the (working) options are few.
    Do I need to join the "Bug Squad" to submit bugs I find in 12.04 dailies or ... post them or ... send them to someone?


    Test equip:
    - 500mhz G4 cube / 32mb ATI 7500 / 1.5gb ram / 120gb hd / rtl8191s usb wlan /

    - 1.2 ghz G4 Cube / 1.5gb ram / 64mb Nvidia geforce2MX Twinview / 160gb hd / rtl8191s usb wlan / cambridge silicon radio bluetooth - usb /

  9. #19
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    I tried to install a Lubuntu 12.04 powerpc from a live cd i downloaded from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/daily-live/current/

    Unfortunately, the installation did not pass through, since the installer did not find the ubuntu server (internet connection was working correctly). I think that might be, because in the standard ubuntu servers there does not exist the powerpc builds of the software that should be loaded. Oh, i opted for Suisse in the country and keyboard settings.

    What would be the way to avoid that?

  10. #20
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    Re: Testers needed for PowerPC 12.04

    To answer several posts and general info:

    Anybody can submit bugs - the bug squad I think help sort out the bugs, so they prioritise them, look for duplicates etc. They're the people who will first read the bugs you submit.

    Before submitting a bug (or testing in general) it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the known issues page https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCKnownIssues and FAQ https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCFAQ . So the problem fairnet (and wxl) has described has been reported before and a workaround exists. Sadly, the fix doesn't seem to be working so that needs reporting back to Colin Watson via the existing bug reports. Including the ubiquity logs would probably be useful. This wiki https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs describes how to submit bugs.

    In order for ISOs to be released we need subscribers for the test cases http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/r.../subscriptions . This wiki https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/ISO/Procedures describes the testing procedure.

    I think it is probably a good idea to make others aware of any bugs you raise via this thread and on the known issues page.

    General feedback via this thread is also useful. For example, is the network applet icon misssing (see wxl post) for airport classic or just airport extreme? Getting that sort of feedback from people helps to track down the problem. You don't need any technical skills to know if your fan is working or not - so feedback on that is invaluable. If peoples fan control has been mucked up then the kernel change from bug 923094 needs urgently reversing.

    Basically, if you discover a PowerPC problem then it's up to you to do something about it. The more you can do to research the problem the more chance you have of it being fixed. But, don't use the lack of skills as an excuse because everybody can play some part in testing.

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