The Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Beta has just landed and it’s packed full of exciting new features and major improvements! Take it for a test drive today and help us stomp out any remaining bugs.
Start by simply downloading the Ubuntu 23.10 Beta Image, install it on your machine (physical or virtual), perform the variety of test cases found on the ISO tracker and report your results. If you experience any bugs along the way, consider submitting a bug report with your findings .
New Features to Test
Ubuntu 23.10 is powered by the recently released GNOME 45 desktop environment. Version 45, code-named Rīga, introduces a new dynamic Activities indicator, enhanced search capabilities, a more refined file manager, a polished Settings tool, and a host of improvements and fixes. To see all the new bells and whistles, check out the GNOME 45 release announcement.
Ubuntu Installer improvements
The new Ubuntu installer, first showcased in Ubuntu 23.04, has received a number of new features and improvements including:
- A new Default Installation that installs a core set of utilities to quickly get your system up and running along with an Expanded Installation option for a more full featured desktop experience.
- The ability to install Ubuntu on the ZFS filesystem has been added into the new installer.
- Ubuntu 23.10 is the first release to offer TPM-backed full disk encryption. To learn more about this technology, please visit this announcement article.
The brand new Ubuntu App Center
Ubuntu 23.10 is the first release to ship with the all new Ubuntu App Center. The new flutter-based store makes it easier than ever to install new software, test out different software builds or experimental versions, and manage all your apps and Snaps.
Spice up your testing
Ubuntu Flavours are an important part of our ecosystem and also rely on community testers to ensure their releases are stable and ready for general use. While their testing process is typically very similar to Ubuntu, it’s important to follow their community’s additional testing guidance.
Connect with Fellow Testers
Join in the testing conversations over on the #ubuntu-quality and #ubuntu-testing IRC channels, The Ubuntu Testers Telegram group , or on the #testing-cycles channel on the Ubuntu Hideout Discord server.
Expand Your Testing Toolkit
Testing is a fun and vitally important way to contribute to the Ubuntu Community.
Learn more about contributing via QA and Testing
For new tester support and additional QA information, please check out our various learning resources:
New Tester Guide
QA Development Setup
Ubuntu Quality Launchpad Team
The Keys to Successful Bug Reporting