Quality Assurance

‘Testing’? What’s that exactly?

This page is an introduction for people wishing to start helping testing Xubuntu. It’s not intended to be an exhaustive reference.

Do you use Xubuntu to get things done? To mail, browse the internet, fill in your tax return, write your novel? To share photos with your family, to calculate the cost of your next big holiday? To blog, draw, e-mail, share, learn, teach? To code like a ninja or design like Picasso? Do you use Xubuntu because it suits your needs, and like it enough to care about it?

Then the Xubuntu community needs your help to make Xubuntu better, faster, stronger.

New versions of Xubuntu are developed by … yes, you’ve guessed it – The Development Team (‘Devs’). These ‘Devs’ – who are actually (fairly) normal people – can deal with the pretty complicated stuff of writing updates to your favourite software, but then this all needs to be checked to see if it works for the many, many different ways in which the end user (that’s you) could possibly use it – i.e. which combination of computer, apps, printer, monitor and assorted hardware you will be using.

So, Xubuntu really, really needs you, whatever your experience, to join in and help.

Luckily, helping is really easy. You just install the pre-release development version, try it and when anything goes wrong, or is not quite as you expected, or where you would like it to work differently report back to the community.

This is called ‘testing’ (or ‘QA’, Quality Assurance). You won’t get paid a bean, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped everyone else in the community – and of course, as an end user you are helping yourself too.

Testing occurs throughout each 6 month ‘Release Cycle’. There’s a lot we could tell you about the Xubuntu-development cycle (curious? click here ), but you don’t really need to know those details. So for now we’ll concentrate on showing you just how easy it is to start helping the community (that includes you!) by testing.

So, it’s easy to join the community and help Xubuntu – just have a quick look at the wiki pages for new testers and get testing! For more in-depth detail see the Contributor Documentation.