Creating a Software Testing Environment Using FreeBSD

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A slightly altered version of this paper was first published in the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference Proceedings, 2005.

Table of Contents
1. Overview
2. The Challenge
3. The FreeBSD Solution
4. Conclusion

1. Overview

From late 2003 until early 2005, I was a tester in an all-Windows® environment. Although unlikely on the face of it, FreeBSD became a valuable test tool platform in that context. FreeBSD contains useful and powerful applications for any tester in any environment.

Unlike Linux, FreeBSD is a single monolithic project, rather than a collection of disparate parts assembled into a distribution. And the most attractive part of FreeBSD for a software tester is the {{{os}}} {{{ports}}}—a very large, managed set of software applications with a single, simple, and uniform installation procedure.

This paper describes several software test tools from the {{{os}}} {{{ports}}} that I used to test software and systems in an all-Windows environment.

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