Ubuntu MATE 21.10 Testing Week - September 23 - 29

It's almost the end of September 2021 - fall colours and Halloween are on the horizon! :fallen_leaf: :skull: And so is the release of Ubuntu MATE 21.10 (Impish Indri)! :monkey: : :bug:

Thank you to everyone who has helped us with previous testing for 21.10, including the initial ISOs.
We can't say enough how important the community contributions are during these testing periods. :raised_hands:

We're getting together with Ubuntu and the other flavors for another testing week, and as you know, team work makes the dream work! :handshake: :crescent_moon: This testing week is focused on the Beta release on September 23. Final release is four weeks away, on October 14. 21.10 is an interim release, and will be supported until July 2022.

If you want to share in the excitement on social media, please use the hashtag #UbuntuTestingWeek. Ubuntu and all the flavors are all one community, and if you're able to help out other flavors, it helps all of us make awesome things. :hugs:

And if you've been nervous about testing, now is a great time to ask for help and join in! Chat with other testers on IRC #ubuntu-quality on Libera Chat, on Telegram Ubuntu Testers, or in the #testing-week channel on the Ubuntu Hideout Discord server.. Testing doesn't require any coding knowledge, can take as little as 30 minutes to complete a test case and file a report, and can be done on a VM or bare metal with a spare machine. :blue_book:

Directions and helpful hints are below, and if you have any questions, please reply to this post! :thinking:


Preliminary Impish Indri Release Notes

You can find the test ISO here :floppy_disk: :

You can test on either a spare machine or a virtual machine, and please let us know in this thread if you encounter any problems. If at all possible please file Bug reports. The sooner we know about a problem, the sooner we can tackle it! :clock11:

If you’re new to ISO testing, or need a refresher, here’s a quick guide:

First of all, you’ll need a Launchpad/Ubuntu One login. Go here to create one if you haven’t done so already.

You’ll want to download the Impish Indri daily build here: Ubuntu MATE 21.10 (Impish Indri) Daily Build

Take a look at the testsuites for Ubuntu MATE, many of which take less than 30 minutes to complete. :clock1030:

Follow the directions in the testsuite. If it does all of those things, great! If it doesn’t, however, we need your help. Click on the link at the top of the page that reads “Report a bug against the contents of this testcase.” Sign in with your Launchpad/Ubuntu One account.

Follow the directions in the bug report, and be as specific as you can! This is a key step - an unreported bug will be an unfixed bug. :bug: :receipt:

While we don't have have the Ubuntu MATE 21.10 Release Notes available at this time, we will update this page once they are online.

There have been several updates to Ubuntu MATE packages for release in 21.10 as well as the underlying Ubuntu base packages. There are some major changes coming in this release, in addition we would like some testing focus on:

  • MATE Desktop 1.26
  • Screen-reader installs
  • Arctica-greeter

Early testing and bug reporting will help improve the final release.

Thank you again for testing and for reporting your issues, concerns, observations, and questions in this thread! :green_heart:

You can upgrade to the developmental release using the instructions below. However we encourage testers to try the daily ISOs as much as possible. We recommend anyone who upgrades their system to the developmental version to backup first! :harddrive: If you rely on your system as your daily driver, it might be advisable to wait for the final release.

:stop_sign: Friendly reminder that developmental releases HAVE the possibility of breaking and requiring a reinstall. So please keep that in :brain: should you choose to run it as your daily driver. :stop_sign:

To upgrade, press Alt + F2, and type:

update-manager -cd

If you aren't prompted to upgrade, press Alt + F2 again, then


and click Settings and Livepatch. Go to the Updates tab and toggle the option for 'Notify me of a new >Ubuntu version' to 'For any new version.'

Press Alt + F2 again, and then type:

update-manager -cd

this bug is still present:

The translation are not updated, for a year?
Neither is folder-colour
I remember having troubles in French too, but a item badly named...

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Upgraded two pcs already. A couple of minor issues but no testicle or ovary breakers.

Please note this bug and potential issues

If you use Electron apps I strongly suggest not upgrading your production systems to 21.10 until this bug is resolved. I will update this thread when that occurs.



We've seen reports of the Sound section missing in the Hardware section in Control Center.

Please mark the following bug as "affects you":


We'd like to get as many folks as possible to test the daily builds using the Screen Reader test case.

If you experience a failure running the testcase as written (which you will) please mark it as failed and use this bug as the reason: 1231091

This will really help our visually impaired users.



Am reporting that screen reader bug at the logon screen still isn't fixed with the ISO provided in the post. 21.10

Once you have started up the live image, and are on the desktop. logout of session. You will hear the bongo sound. Once heard, press the key combo, ALT Windows S. for sugar.

Expected result, orca should start speaking on the login screen.

The alternative, ALT F2 which brings up a run dialog box. Type in orca press enter. Again fails to initiate the screen reader on the login screen.

Very disappointed.

Three fresh bugs found in Ubuntu 21.10: