April 24, 2007

First LiveCD Linux distro for Software Testing

Vinodh Velusamy writes "New linux LiveCD distribution made specifically for software testers is released!

Bugnux is a complete Linux (mandriva) distribution that runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. Bugnux contains an extensive set of Open Source software testing tools that can be used for functional and performance testing. Standalone Tools to test GUI applications and Mozilla Firefox extensions pre-installed to aid in web application testing have been packaged. This virtually can turn any PC into black-box testing device without having to install any software. Bugnux also contains a set of stress and load testing tools that can be used to assist in testing performance of web applications.

Bugnux is a complete Linux (mandriva) distribution that runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. Bugnux contains an extensive set of Open Source software testing tools that can be used for functional and performance testing. Standalone Tools to test GUI applications and Mozilla Firefox extensions pre-installed to aid in web application testing have been packaged. This virtually can turn any PC into black-box testing device without having to install any software. Bugnux also contains a set of stress and load testing tools that can be used to assist in testing performance of web applications.

The technique to allow bugnux to boot and run from RAM is based on a project called PCLinuxOS. PCLinuxOS is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. PCLinuxOS can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Mastering of this CD uses on-the-fly decompression which allows for up to 2 GB of stored data.

Starting with the 1.1 version of bugnux, they have started completely from scratch by installing a basic PCLinuxOS installation then adding the software testing functionality afterwards. This allowed us to have more control and understanding of what is on the CD.

A test release is currently available for download from their website http://www.bugnux.org/ ."
The technique to allow bugnux to boot and run from RAM is based on a project called PCLinuxOS. PCLinuxOS is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. PCLinuxOS can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Mastering of this CD uses on-the-fly decompression which allows for up to 2 GB of stored data.

Starting with the 1.1 version of bugnux, they have started completely from scratch by installing a basic PCLinuxOS installation then adding the software testing functionality afterwards. This allowed us to have more control and understanding of what is on the CD.

A test release is currently available for download from their website http://www.bugnux.org/ ."

Link: bugnux.org

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