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OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Bernhard Wiedemann: Automated Testing

September 22nd, 2010 by
The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free.

The openSUSE Conference 2010 Sneak Peaks will introduce some speakers and talks to you. This time we explore the automatism’s inside our testing team together with Bernhard Wiedemann.

Bernhard! How many ISOs did you boot today? :-)

Hi Henne! None today, as factory is slow providing new ones. But I ran three ISOs yesterday, finding a new segfault.

Ah darn, I thought you would spit out an interesting high number!

But the total number of runs since I started counting in April is already quite impressive!

wc -l video/runlog.txt
1525 video/runlog.txt

So this is what you do and this is what you talk is about right? You came up with a neat way to test our distribution. But before we explore that how about you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am who I am. A geek, a programmer, a father, a husband… sometimes even a poet and a philosopher. Thinking is one of the hardest things to do, this is probably why so few people do it.

Where are you from and how did you come to the openSUSE testing team?

Ick bin eeen Berliner” to use a famous quote. To the testing team I came by coincidence as so many great things in live. I saw the message from Holgi (the founder of the testing team) on the forums when he was looking for members.

Could you explain to us what testing exactly means?

When we started the Testing Core Team (the “Core” is intended to let people know that others can and should do testing as well) I only had a vague idea of what testing could be. One part is systematic testing. e.g. Larry Finger has been trying all encryption modes of wireless lan in combination with static and dynamic address assignment… but then there is the other testing which is just “using” beta releases and reporting issues because some issues are only spotted when you really try to use software.