Exploring openSUSE's automated testing tool for ISO images


openQA has nearly unlimited capacity for testing a Linux system. The developers need input – both ideas and new tests. You can reach the openQA team through their website. openQA is not limited to SUSE: Some testers have developed tests, needles, and configurations for Fedora (Figure 9) and Android [12] (Figure 10). The openQA project is always looking for volunteers to help with writing tests, defining needles, testing tests, and writing more documentation.

Figure 9: openQA is also able to test other distributions, like Fedora …
Figure 10: …and even Android is on the list.

In the meantime, the developers are working on audio and multimedia support. Plans call for integrating more distributions, and SUSE wants to start providing more active promotion for the openQA project. After all, SUSE's most important products are managed through openQA, so they have every reason to want to get it right.

The Author

Markus Feilner is a seasoned Linux expert from Regensburg, Germany. He has been working with free and open source software since 1994, as a trainer, consultant, author, and journalist. The Conch diplomat, Minister of the Universal Life Church, Jedi Knight, and owner of lunar property is employed as Team Lead of the SUSE Documentation Team in Nürnberg.

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