Alpha 2 ISO Testing begins

So here’s the deal: you want to help contribute to Ubuntu in some small way but don’t want to make much effort or risk your “real” computer.  Enter ISO Testing.

Basically, you burn a disk and attempt to install.  If it works, you click a box, and if it doesn’t, you click another and file a bug.  If the installer finished but turned everything pink and that’s not really your thing, don’t check the box for “serious”.

This is one of the best ways of helping Ubuntu that doesn’t actually involve using it.  So if you have a spare computer, partition, or even VM you can basically spend about 30 minutes after downloading and submit a good test report.

To get started:

  • Go here and make an account and then click about 4 buttons.  There’s even a “I’ve started a test so others can try something else” feature.
  • A fuller explanation is at the wiki page

Benefits:

Once enough people give successful ISO test reports, the Alpha is released and the coolest of us can start general testing.  That’s where you actually use the installed system and test all the experimental new features like being slightly less brown.  But before that can happen, testers need to know they can install and update without hassle – the daily CDs are frequently unbootable for one reason or another, so that means the alpha CDs need to be good enough to install from.

Also, here is a picture of my cat:

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