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Call for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Beta Testers

September 15th, 2008 by

In the “old days” SuSE had a closed list of beta testers that would help with SuSE Linux testing and try to help SuSE ensure the best possible Linux distribution. Many beta testers expressed an interest in joining the SUSE Linux Enterprise beta program as well. We’re happy to announce that we have found a way to make this possible, and we’d like to expand the beta program to include new testers as well.

This week we will release the first beta of openSUSE 11.1 and begin the beta phase of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11. While the products share a code base – and therefore testing of SUSE Linux Enterprise will benefit openSUSE in general – there are differences in package selection, workflow, and setup which require each product to be tested separately.

As always, we will be doing extensive testing of openSUSE 11.1 in public, but SLED and SLES will be tested in a private program.

If you’re interested in openSUSE testing, please subscribe to the openSUSE-testing@opensuse.org mailing list here.

You can find additional information on testing openSUSE on the wiki.

If you’d like to be part of the SLED and SLES testing team, contact Holger Sickenberg <holgi at suse.de> with the following information:

  • Your Linux experience
  • Previous testing experience, if any
  • Areas you are interested in testing

We will select a group of qualified beta testers from the volunteers for SLED and SLES testing. As a thank you to those who participate in SLED, SLES, and openSUSE testing, we will provide SLED/SLES licenses to some testers, public recognition, and a couple of netbooks for outstanding work of testing SLED, SLES, and openSUSE.

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One Response to “Call for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Beta Testers”

  1. I’ve been QA test lead for 4 years here at Double-Take. The last year and a half we’ve ported our Windows product to Linux. At first we published on RHEL4 then on to RHEL5 and CentOS.

    Our current development path brings us to supporting Double-Take on SLES and later to Ubuntu. We are currently using a 60 day evaluation of SLES 10.2 to test on. I would like to test SLES and OpenSUSE with our product on a more on going basis if possible. Our QA organization is well suited accomplish our mutual testing tasks.

    I’ve been an OpenSUSE user for the better part of the last five years at home and currently run OpenSUSE 11.

    I’m very interested in testing SUSE.


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