/me starts Ubuntu Live i386 full disk

If you have ever participated in Ubuntu ISO testing you may know what this title is about. To coordinate testing and to avoid duplicating efforts, every time one of us starts a new testcase, we enter a line like the one in the title in the #ubuntu-testing Freenode IRC channel.

In this example it means that I have started the Full Disk testcase for the Ubuntu Live CD i386 image. Others willing to help will know that I am already working on that one and will be able to concentrate their efforts in other testcases.

This system is far from perfect, as not everybody is in IRC and, even if you are, you can lose the messages sent before you logged in.

To improve the system I have added a new “Started” status to the test reports. Now, when you start a testcase, instead of having to communicate it in the IRC channel, add a “Started” result to that testcase and others will know that you are working on it (it will show up in the list of results with an icon of a clock.

Testcase started

Hopefully this will improve the coordination of the ISO testing activities.


  1. One of the best aspects of the Ubuntu development process is the nice set of online tools that let people work efficiently while being spread out all across the world.

    By the way, is testing restricted to developers only?

    • No, it is not restricted to developers. You just need a little bit of time and we will help you solving any issues you may have. The best way is to join the ubuntu-qa mailing list.