Added by Thilo Pfennig, last edited by Alexandre Franke on Nov 13, 2009  (view change)


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On this page we add what essentials should work after a fresh Foresight Linux Install. These are suggestions what you can do to test Foresight. This should not include things nobody but you wants to do but rather things that are common and really SHOULD or MUST work.

  • must / must not
  • should / should not

Minimum Requirements

  • i686 CPU (i586 and earlier are not supported)
  • Hardware platform supported by the Linux kernel 2.6.2x
  • 700 MhZ
  • at least 256MB RAM (512 MB desirable)
  • 6 GB disk space

Check list for new releases


  • Installation must not halt.
  • Installation should not print out errors when there are none (be aware that this is still the case)

First boot

  • When booting up non exotic hardware must be recognized:
    • Graphics card
    • (should) Monitor / LCD
    • Ethernet NIC
    • Sound Card

First Desktop Login

  • Graphics: GDM must start and present the use a login screen which should be rendered ok.
  • Network: If there is a DHCP in a wired network, we should get an IP address via [NetworkManager].
  • Sound: If we unmute volume we should be able to play sound. Try with: "aplay /usr/share/sounds/login.wav"

Basic configuration

If you update your system create again a new user and dont reuse old users.

  • Add a second user. It must create a directory like /home/username
  • Create a new system group
  • Log in as new user
  • When you select a language in GDM this the desktop should be localized:
    • application language.

Basic usage

Volume Handling

  • Connect a digital camera (one random USB memory camera and one random PTP camera) and try to import pictures via default method.
  • Insert USB stick (should be opened directly)
  • Insert a audio & data CD and a DVD and test if it opens in a viewer.

Data display

  • View images (jpg,png,gif)
  • Open a TXT document
  • Open a OpenDocument (


  • Connect to #foresight channel through Foresight->Get Live Help

Assistive Technology

To be accessible we need somebody to test also this:

  • Test magnifier
  • Test screen reader
  • Test onscreen keyboard


  • Check if the interfaces of Epiphany, GEdit and Nautilus are visible in their supported languages
  • Check if keyboard settings are ok.

Extended Usage

Wireless network

  • If you have a notebook check if your wireless card/chip works and if not check if it should be supported or is known to not work on Linux.
  • Maybe try to install [Windows Wireless Drivers].


  • Epiphany: Are plugins there and working?
  • Evolution: Create maybe a new IMAP account for one existing and send a mail to abother account of yourself. Then answer back from other account to this account.
  • Pidgin: if you have Jabber account play with it
  • Liferea: Subscripe to an RSS feed through Epiphany->Liferea
  • Ekiga: Make a test call
  • Firefox: Start once, try if web works.


  • Test if is working
    • Write a simple text document
    • Test printing
    • Test spread sheet
    • Test Impress presentation


  • GIMP: Open and edit a PNG file and save it as JPEG. (just to test one possible workflow. If you like test more)
  • Inkscape: Create a simple SVG, save it and then export a PNG bitmap. (open that with eog and GIMP)
  • F-Spot: Import some photos via disk or digital camera.
  • Gnome Scan: Try to scan something if you have a scanner.


  • if you can, try to access a Samba Network


  • Audio: Play OGG and MP3 with Totem and Banshee
    • Play an Audio CD
  • Video: Play WMV, MPEG and Theora with Totem
    • Play a DVD
Banshee (default audio mplayer)
  • Work with Podcasts
  • Work with Internet Radio
  • Rip a CD
  • Burn a CD