Thursday, April 5, 2012

Unity 5.10: What's new and a call for testing

Sprinting in to the finish! Unity 5.8 saw the introduction of the sticky edge being able to be turned off, and the addition of being able to control where the launcher appeared on which monitors.  Unity 5.10 has been released into the team's ppa. This release has been about bugfixes and polish as the precise cycle winds down to a close. Still, there are some notables changes:
  • New version of compiz
    • Bugfixes
    • Keybindings changes
      • Ctrl + Super + D Minimises all windows
      • Ctrl + Super + Cursor up Maximizes the current window
      • Ctrl + Super + Cursor down Restores or minimises current window
      • Ctrl + Super + Cursor Left or Right Semi-maximises current window
  • Unity 2D and Unity 3D has right edge support for sticky edge detection
In addition to the instructions below, Alan Pope (aka popey) has put together an awesome video walkthrough of how to do unity testing. Check it out!

Prerequisites: Make sure you are running the latest version of precise, and all your packages are up to date. Unfortunately this cannot be installed on oneiric or any previous ubuntu release. 

1) Add the unity ppa ( You can do this by issuing the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/ppa

2) Update apt and run a dist upgrade -- this should prompt you to upgrade unity and some indicators as well as install checkbox-unity.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3) Restart your unity session by logging out and logging back in again.

Ok, hopefully the upgrade went smooth for you, but if not, head over to freenode #ubuntu-unity channel and let folks know what went wrong.

So, now that your up and running you can run the through the manual tests the unity team has prepared. Open the dash and type 'unity testing'. The Checkbox Unity Tests should launch. Checkbox will gather some information on your system and then ask you which tests you wish to run. Once complete you will see a link containing your system report and an option to publish it to launchpad. Use the text box below the link to enter your launchpad email address and then hit submit. This will ensure your results and feedback go to the unity developers.

Please ensure you have finished and submitted your testing results by Sunday evening April 8th. Unity 5.10 should land into precise sometime in the middle of next week.

Filing Bugs
Apport should automatically allow you to file crashes for any issues you find during testing. Please mention any bug reports you file in the comments of the failed tests. If you need to report a bug that didn't cause a crash, simply type 'ubuntu-bug unity' into a terminal window and follow the normal process.

Giving Feedback
If you'd like to give feedback on design for unity, Check out the awesome site. If your wanting to contribute code or patches, visit the folks on the #ubuntu-unity on freenode.

Getting Help
Don't hesitate to reach out to the wonderful folks on freenode @ #ubuntu-unity, the unity web site, the ubuntu+1 forums, or myself if you have questions. Thanks for helping test ubuntu!

1 comment:

  1. I apologize in advance for being a bit of an ass, but please double-check your usage of "your" and "you're." If it can be replaced with "you are," you should be using "you're" not "your."

    Not trying to downplay the awesome work you're doing. I just think you should work on your presentation. ;)