O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Open Testing for Open Source
Will Pugh, Chief Architect & Co-founder, SourceLabs

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm
Location: E142

Today, open source projects are not designed to work together, not tested together, and not packaged together as integrated systems. Currently users of open source software are forced to integrate, test, and validate all elements of the open source “stack” themselves. With the increasing acceptance of open source software in large enterprise IT environments, this situation needs to be reexamined with a new testing and certification approach to reduce the cost and perceived risk of deploying open source.

The solution is to test and release projects together as an integrated stack, with a level of thoroughness and process transparency that meets exceeds that of commercial platform vendors. Due to it’s distributed, atomic structure, the open source community today focuses on individual projects, not on creating integrated system of components. This approach makes it incumbent on the user to test, configure, and integrate products together, which slows adoption by increasing costs and risks.

SourceLabs’ Jeff Ort examines these concepts further and explain how the enterprise software testing methods used by vendors such as Oracle, IBM, and SAP can be adapted to augment the open source development process, with the goal of delivering highly dependable and well-integrated software stacks. This approach is described by SourceLabs CERT7 testing methodology, which the company uses to ensure dependability of open source systems. Ort's talk will describe:

- Descriptions and examples of the scalability, security, failover, stress, regression, and integration tests included in the CERT7 regime
- How CERT7 has been applied to LAMP or other open source stacks, and the test data generated by that process
- How users can adapt and build on CERT7 and what’s involved

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Computer Associates International Inc., (CA)
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Sun Microsystems

Platinum Sponsors

Novell, Inc.

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Black Duck Software
Covalent Technologies
GroundWork Open Source Solutions
Intel Corporation
Mergere, Inc.
Yahoo! Inc.
Zend Technologies, Inc.

Media Sponsors

boing boing
C/C++ Users Journal
DevtownStation News
Digital ID World
Enterprise Open Source Journal
Free Software Magazine
InsideMac Radio
Integration Developer News
Linux Journal
Open Enterprise Trends
Software Association of Oregon
Version Tracker
Wi-Fi Technology Forum
Women's Technology Cluster

In-Kind Sponsors

Dell Inc.
Griffin Technology
Harman Multimedia


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