[ubuntu-studio-devel] 16.04 Release Candidate Testing - for release Thursday 21st

Thomas Pfundt thomas at pfundtdesign.de
Wed Apr 20 20:41:56 UTC 2016

Hi everyone,

sorry for my late reply, but I finally got around to testing the ISO
(amd64 only as of now).

I found a few apparent flaws along the way while installing and using
the system and I am not sure if they might be related to my hardware or
are indeed bugs, so I thought I'd share them and maybe someone could
confirm them or it could be helpful in another way, especially since I
am not very experienced with packages and bug reporting, yet.

My installation was completed successfully for both UEFI and Legacy
boot, however I noticed that some of the titles in the slideshow that
are displayed while installing received line breaks, because apparently
the text is too long to be displayed in one line. The problem with this
is that the field in which these titles are placed is too small to
display two lines with appropriate spacing, so the lines are
overlapping, making the titles extremely awkward to read. I also have to
mention that this happened while installing in the German language,
which is my native language, but I could imagine this happening with
other languages as well, if words tend to be a little longer. When
installing in English, I did not not encounter anything like this.

I don't know if this is similar in nature, but when I received an update
notification in the upper right corner of the desktop after starting the
system for the first time and setting it up, one of the buttons (I
assume it's supposed say "Install immediately" or something similar) had
the label missing, I believe this could be another example of
language-text changes where the text doesn't fit the box. I have not yet
seen this notification box in my English installation, so I can't
confirm this. I attached a screenshot of this in the mail.

Lastly, I haven't been able to test all of the applications thoroughly
yet, but I noticed that the default file manager, Thunar, still has file
renaming issues. When renaming files inside a folder, it sometimes
completely crashes, opening an Apport crash report window. The report
title reads as "thunar crashed with SIGSEGV in
thunar_file_compare_by_name()". To reproduce, just create a folder in
/homer/user/Documents and a file inside of it and rename it a couple of
times, making it crash should not take long. Oddly, this does not happen
absolutely everywhere, but I have also encountered this on external drives.

I remember having had this problem in previous versions already, I
always installed Nautilus out of habit and set it as the default file
manager to avoid it, however with Thunar being preinstalled, I have
never been able to get into the Nautilus preferences, as the menu
shortcuts only link to Thunar's display settings and the terminal only
gives options for "nautilus-autorun-software" and
"nautilus-connect-server". Thus, I wasn't able to permanently change the
view to something useful as detail or list view (it resets itself to
icon view upon closing).

Anyhow, I was wondering if this is not an issue that more people are
struggling with, as it has been confirmed on Launchpad. Or is there an
alternative that is usually chosen in this case? I tend to rename many
files a day and while the bulk rename tool ran flawlessly so far, Thunar
used to crash on me constantly.

I hope this information is in any way useful and if there's something I
should test or look into, please just tell me.

Apart from these issues, I haven't had a major problem while using the
system so far and I must say that this is a great step up from previous
releases in many aspects, also very happy to see the new version of
Kdenlive added.

Kind regards,

On 17.04.2016 20:24, Ross Gammon wrote:
> Hi All,
> On Thursday, hopefully Ubuntu Studio 16.04 will be released. So, if
> anyone would like to give a hand in testing the ISO, that would be great.
> The first Release Candidate (RC) has been uploaded to
> http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/359/builds (Xenial Final).
> To test, we boot the ISO, install it, and try a few applications to make
> sure everything is working. You may then mark the test a success at
> http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com, or report any bugs.
> Hopefully this Release Candidate is the one that is released, but there
> may be other release candidates if bugs are found. The best thing is to
> get a few tests done early in the week, and keep checking back to see if
> a new test is required (especially on Thursday).
> More detailed information about how to test can be found here:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/Testing/ISOTesting.
> Happy Testing,
> Regards,
> Ross
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