Help Needed: Kubuntu RC ISO Testing

Ara Pulido ara at
Fri Oct 16 11:47:41 BST 2009

Hello Kubuntu users!

As you may know, Thursday 22nd October we are releasing Kubuntu 9.10 
Release Candidate. This is a very important milestone, as it will be 
very similar to final Kubuntu 9.10 (between them, only very critical 
fixes will be accepted).

For the 9.10 release we are having very little coverage of Kubuntu 
images and we would need a harder effort for the RC milestone.

To help, you will need an account in the ISO tracker [1]. This blog post 
is useful as starting guide:

Also, one of the common complains about ISO testing is that, when the 
call for testing is done, it takes too long to download the ISOs for 
that candidate image.

Preparing today for that moment couldn't be easier:

dl-ubuntu-test-iso is a script, available as part of the 
ubuntu-qa-tools, that downloads Ubuntu (+ Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc) ISO 
images for testing purposes. The script uses rsync, which means that the 
second time you run it, it only downloads the changes to each ISO. So, 
if you use it today, and keep running it every day (or every couple of 
days), you will be already set up to help when the candidates images for 
RC start appearing.

You will need a configuration file to tell the script which images your 
interested in. I have prepared a configuration file for Kubuntu, and it 
is attached. You will only need to edit it to select which architecture 
you're interested in. Save it in you home folder as .dl-ubuntu-test-iso

Once you have save the configuration file:

  * If you're running Karmic, you can install the ubuntu-qa-tools 
package directly.

      $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-qa-tools
      $ dl-ubuntu-test-iso

  * If you're not running Karmic, get the ubuntu-qa-tools from its 
bazaar repository:

      $ bzr branch lp:ubuntu-qa-tools
      $ ./ubuntu-qa-tools/dl-ubuntu-test-iso/dl-ubuntu-test-iso

That will save your Kubuntu testing images at ~/iso. And they will get 
updated every time you run the scripts (only if the images have changed).

Testing will be coordinated from Tuesday in #ubuntu-testing and you can 
start subscribing to the ISO tracker page, so you can be informed when 
the new images start to appear. Any doubts, please, contact me directly.

Thanks and happy testing!

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