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Getting Started with QA

We're glad that you're interested in QA! We've compiled this document to help you get started in helping us test OpenMandriva Lx.

Remember, you will need to use the command line to test more often than not. Make sure you have an Issues.OpenMandriva account, and are subscribed to the om-qa mailing list.

Setting up your OpenMandriva Lx system

Because you'll probably be working with pre-alpha software, we strongly urge you to use a dedicated or virtual machine for testing. Or not - if you have good backups and are willing to test (and possibly wreck havoc on) your daily routine with these pre-release versions, you are more than welcome to (and in fact, we encourage the latter, because it makes sure that we have real-life use cases for these things).

Pre-release software comes through the testing repositories. We only have a testing repository for main, because contrib and non-free are maintainer dependent and out of our control.

You can add the repositories as follows:

urpmi.addmedia Main_Testing http://abf-downloads.abf.io/openmandriva2014.0/repository/$ARCH/main/testing/

Substitute $ARCH with your architecture.

Package Testing with Kahinah

Now that your system is set up, it's time to vote for the packages. Do they work? Are there really bad issues?

We use a system called Kahinah, which uses voting to determine which packages to push to the stable repository or not.

First, login to Kahinah. Then, email om-qa requesting access to the whitelist. (The whitelist is a temporary measure - we'll be abolishing that soon in favour of a better method!)

You can see what packages are waiting to be tested in "Recent Builds". Give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, and let us know why.

Testing new Alpha/Beta/RC ISOs

Triaging New Bugs with Bugzilla