Thanks a lot for taking part in the testing. You make Kubuntu better and you help us to keep track of the necessary changes.

Testing/Kubuntu/Current gives an overview over the most current CD, who did testing on it, which installation methods were covered and which bugs are already known.

Getting the Test CDs

  • Check the ISO tracker for the current Test CDs. The milestones in Testing are the relevatn ones.

  • If you are testing the Daily CDs or DVDs, use the rsync application to speed up your download ( Rsync is able to download only the changes in the binary file, it doesn't have to download the file all over again.)

    • Example: rsync -vPz rsync:// ./
  • Another way to easy get the images and test them in a VM is testdrive (testdrive-gtk package)

Checking the Test Routines

Common Tasks

This is a short version of the test plan. It should take you just some minutes to go through all the tests.

  • (0. Install the system - see Testing/Kubuntu/Current. )

  • Boot the system
    • Confirm proper graphical progress display and login screen presentation
  • Log in with default session
    • is the resolution as you expected? (Check in System Settings -> Display)

    • Note login sound, if equipped with appropriate hardware
  • Load in rekonq
    • Is the keyboard layout as you expected?
  • Open the Examples folder (System->Home->Examples, or on the desktop CD just Examples on the desktop)

    • copy an LibreOffice Text Document (an .odt, .rtf or .doc file) onto the desktop

    • open it
    • change some bits of the text
    • does spell check work?
    • save it
  • Launch Help from Writer
  • If you have one, plug in a USB drive and check that the popup window lets you mount it
  • K-Menu->Computer->Muon Software Center:

    • Open Settings->Configure Software Sources

    • Confirm that privilege escalation by password (kdesudo) works as expected
    • Add universe.
    • Install something (like konqueror)
    • Confirm that privilege escalation by password (polkit-kde) works as expected
  • Log out, shutdown/reboot
    • Confirm proper graphical progress display and reboot/shutdown functionality
  • Common Problems ( these features are likely to break ) 10.1

Long Routine

This is the long version of the test plan. It will take you a bit more time, but some steps probably won't apply to your environment. You can safely skip them.

  1. If you are sure that 3D acceleration works on your box, open up glxgears (part of the package mesa-utils) and test it.
  2. If you usually connect only using one of these methods and have access to another one, can you try if another one works too?
    • DSL installation
    • More than one device
    • Modem/ISDN
  3. To test the network, start K Menu->Applications->System->Package Manager and:

    • Attempt update from Muon, confirm success.
    • Check if the Universe repository is enabled, if not - enable it.
    • Attempt installing $PACKAGE from universe, confirm success.
  4. If you have access to a Samba or NFS share, try to use it.
    • Browse the network
    • Copy a file over
    • Download it
    • Remove it again
  5. If you have a DVD drive, put in a DVD and see what it contains.
  6. If you happen to own a CD burner, try burning a CD.
  7. Using the mail application (try both POP and IMAP if possible):
    • Retrieve your mail.
    • Setup an account in the application's preferences.
    • Send an email to that account.
    • Retrieve it again.
  8. Using the Groupware application, add a task, a calendar entry, and a contact.
  9. Does Localization work?
    • Install Kubuntu.
    • Install Kubuntu using English as the default keyboard layout and language.
    • Add a right-to-left language, and test correct output, menus, etc.
    • Add a western European language, and test correct output, menus, etc.
  10. Add a new user:
    • Login as different user.
    • Log back in as the initial user.
    • Remove the new user.
  11. Test a printer:
    • Plug in your printer and run K Menu->System Settings->Printer Configuration. If it doesn't show up, add it to the list.

    • If printer is listed, try to print a test page.
    • If you happen to have a network printer, add it by running K Menu->System Settings->Printer Configuration and do a test print.

  12. If you are testing a laptop, repeat the following steps, one time for an open source graphics driver, and one if you also have a device that's supported only with a proprietary driver:
    1. Put your machine to sleep , and then wake it back up. Does it come back?
    2. Try to hibernate, and then try to restore from that. Does it work?
      • Click on hibernate in K Menu->Leave

      • The machine should power off after a time. If it doesn't, or if your session isn't restored after pressing the power button, then it has failed.
    3. Set up your machine to go to sleep after a short period of time. Does it fall asleep after that time?
    4. Set up your machine to hibernate after a short period of time. Does it hibernate after that time has passed?
  13. DVD, CD (burning)
    • If not already done, download the Kubuntu Live CD ISO from
    • Burn it to a CD
    • Does the CD work alright? Confirm.
  14. CD/DVD/USB drive: put a CD, DVD disk or USB drive in your computer, and see if it auto-mounts.
  15. If you have a Windows partition, try to access it.
  16. Digital Camera
    • Take a photo.
    • Plug the camera into your computer and import a photo from it.
  17. iPod
    • Plug the iPod in.
    • Try to access it
  18. If you have a bluetooth phone and your computer has this functionality too:
    • Send a file from your phone to your computer
    • Send a file from your computer to your phone
  19. Try to scan a page with a scanner.
  20. Navigate to the Examples folder and see how these files work
    • PDF
    • Pictures
    • MP3, Ogg
    • Movies
    • LibreOffice documents

    • .zip files.
  21. if you have an AudioCD at hand, try playing it.
  22. 'grep -r' for your password in /var/log/installer/ and /var/cache/debconf/; make sure it does not appear. (This is to ensure that bug #34606 does not recur.); be careful on a live system though since this command will land in your bash history.

Reporting Bugs

If you find something not working as expected, please file a bug using the following command in a terminal:

ubuntu-bug PACKAGENAME

where PACKAGENAME is the package with which you are experiencing a bug. You can learn more about reporting bugs at


Testing/Kubuntu/Introduction (last edited 2014-02-28 10:30:52 by valorie-zimmerman)