Instructions for alpha testers
Becoming an alpha tester
The BOINC testing program helps us find and fix bugs in the BOINC software before we release it to the public. Testing is vital to the success of BOINC. We ask that testers:
- spend about 1 hour per week doing testing;
- run experimental versions of BOINC that may crash or cause jobs to fail.
- assist in troubleshooting via phone or email if needed.
If you are OK with this and want to help test BOINC, send email to David Anderson or Rom Walton, and we'll give you an account in the BOINC Alpha test project (this is a BOINC project but it never has jobs; don't attach your client to it).
Testers must subscribe to the boinc_alpha email list. (You don't need to be a tester to subscribe to this list).
When to test
Periodically (every couple of weeks, sometimes more) we'll send an announcement on the email list, asking alpha testers to download and test a specific new release of BOINC. Please try to report test results within a few days of receiving the email.
Installing test software
For Windows, Mac, and Linux, download test software from the BOINC download page.
For Android, test software is distributed through the Google Play Store. To get test versions, do the following:
- If you haven't already done so, create a Google Play Store account by launching the Play Store app on your Android device.
- Join the "BOINC Android Testing" Google group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/boinc-android-testing
- Accept the invitation to become a tester: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/edu.berkeley.boinc
- On your Android device, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc in a web browser. Download and install the app.
Currently only two listed projects (OProject and Asteroids@home) offer Android apps. You can also manually attach to the Einstein@home test project, http://albert.phys.uwm.edu/ . This project provides images and icons that are shown in the Android GUI; the others do not.
How to test
See the set of test cases. For each release, please do all the General tests, and as many of the other tests as your time and computer environment permit.
If you experienced problems with BOINC that are not covered by any of these tests, please post to the firstname.lastname@example.org email list.
The client software under test may have bugs that wipe out tasks in progress, so consider using a different data directory when you install the test software.
How to report test results
How to report bugs
In addition to reporting negative test results, we strongly encourage you to submit detailed bug reports.
If you're not sure whether something is a problem, post to the boinc_alpha@… email list.
If a problem persists across multiple releases, you can submit bug reports to the BOINC bug database.
Windows users: if you have install/uninstall problems, you may need to use the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility