Ubuntu Artful Final Beta is due next week (September 28th) The first set of candidate images will be ready next week but you can already start smoke testing daily builds.
There are going to be several respins before we’ve got the final set but we’d appreciate any feedback we can get on these.
You can test on virtual machines, but at this stage, we’d need more tests on real hardware. If you can test on spare hardware or create a partition to install Artful Beta, it would be very appreciated.
As usual we’ll be asking everyone on the QA team to participate in the image testing to ensure we have good test coverage.
The procedures for testing ISO images and reporting results are explained on the Ubuntu wiki . You can download Artful images directly from cdimages.ubuntu.com with zsync.
Let us know if you have any questions. We will coordinate testing in #ubuntu-quality on freenode.
Thank you very much for your help and happy testing!