Frequently asked questions
I want to help!
Checkout the roles page. It will give you a summary of each of the roles folks perform on the team. Read the summaries of each and pick the one you are interested in. If you are new to ubuntu and/or testing, start with the tester role.
How can I learn how to test?
Tutorials / Classroom sessions
We hold these each cycle, and they are a great way to learn about the various tools we use for testing. All the areas are covered in the sessions.
What is the QATracker?
It is important to learn the basics about the QATracker. The QATracker is the master system for all of our testing within Ubuntu QA. It holds our testcases, records our results, and helps coordinate our testing events. It's really important that you learn about the basics and go on to understand how to use this tool to be fully able to participate in the activities listed below.
What happens during the testing cycle?
There are some differences between the derivatives of the Ubuntu family in carrying out their testing cycles. Some only release as LTS, some use alpha testing, some use only beta testing, and some use only release candidate. This is discussed on this link.
How can I contribute test results?
Using your system to check that installing, updating and running applications behave as expected. Areas covered are listed below:
How and why do I report bugs?
We may all hate bugs, but finding them, getting them logged and following up on them is a critical part of our work.
What is SRU testing?
SRU Testing ensures that bug fixes work on the older releases before they are added as updates to those releases.
What is a ppa and why am I using it to test?
Sometimes software in development is made available via a ppa for testing.
This page explains ppa's and how they relate to testing.
How can I contribute to testcases?
Once you've done a few tests, you may like to add to the number of test cases that we have available.
What is a hackfest?
A hackfest is a deliberate gathering of interested contributors to contribute new testcases as well as fix and enhance existing testcases. Hackfests are also held for specific topics in the world of Ubuntu Development.
So, you have got this far? Thank you! We were all once new to the Ubuntu family and felt worthless because we had so many questions, yet felt we could never answer them for others. In testing the Ubuntu-QA team welcomes you, whether you are a new tester or an old timer. You may have questions running through your mind. There is no such thing as a dumb question. If it is not answered on our QA page, please just ask on the mailing list or the IRC channel! We will, as testers, answer any S.O.S. request from any member of our family. We cannot stress how important you people are. Please do feel free to ask questions, as doing so will help improve our instructions for everyone.