Quality Assurance and Testing

From: Jonathan Calloway 
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Greetings!

I am seriously considering making a career move into Quality Assurance / =
Software testing.  I believe that it encompasses many of the skills that =
I have picked up as a first and second level support technician, systems =
administrator, technical writer, and process consultant.=20

A close friend of mine has recommended =93Testing Computer Software=94 =
and I have read the first five chapters.

I=92m also looking for some practical experience, so I thought I would =
turn to the open source world.  I=92ve looked at main-line distributions =
of linux, such as Ubuntu and Fedora.  While I believe that Ubuntu=92s =
volunteer quality structure is intuitive and easily understood, I feel =
that it may be a little too complex for a =93noob=94 and may require =
more time than I can devote right now.

So I started looking at projects that may offer less complicated =
structures, such as Firefox or WordPress.  These may offer better =
opportunities for me to get my feet wet by reading current bug reports, =
and getting involved by performing actual testing and writing test =
cases.  Of course doing beta testing and performing documentation =
testing may also be a good way to get some practical experience as well.

With all of this said, do any of you have some additional ideas or =
advice?  Better yet, are any of you involved in open source projects in =
which you would invite voluntary help, and would be willing to invite a =
testing =91noob=92 to contribute?

Thanks!

Jonathan



=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Calloway, The Fedora Project is pretty good for first time volunteers needing to get started. But, there is a huge lack of QA in Fedora. From some of the discussions I have been in, there may be a movement to increase QA with the Fedora.Next project, and Fedora Workstation. Some of the discussions can be....--heated-- to say the least, as there alot of passionate people in the projects. We are very open to "noobs" and there are many roles to fill. There is a need for documentation in Fedora, as its a lacking spot since there aren't alot of folks volunteering for it.

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ Lynn, I=92ll certainly give Fedora a second look. I am also hoping that = someone on the list is running a project that I can get involved in. =20 Thanks for the advice! get started. But, there is a huge lack of QA in Fedora. =46rom some of = the discussions I have been in, there may be a movement to increase QA = with the Fedora.Next project, and Fedora Workstation. Some of the = discussions can be....--heated-- to say the least, as there alot of = passionate people in the projects. =20 is a need for documentation in Fedora, as its a lacking spot since there = aren't alot of folks volunteering for it.=20 wrote: / Software testing. I believe that it encompasses many of the skills = that I have picked up as a first and second level support technician, = systems administrator, technical writer, and process consultant.=20 and I have read the first five chapters. turn to the open source world. I=92ve looked at main-line distributions = of linux, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. While I believe that Ubuntu=92s = volunteer quality structure is intuitive and easily understood, I feel = that it may be a little too complex for a =93noob=94 and may require = more time than I can devote right now. structures, such as Firefox or WordPress. These may offer better = opportunities for me to get my feet wet by reading current bug reports, = and getting involved by performing actual testing and writing test = cases. Of course doing beta testing and performing documentation = testing may also be a good way to get some practical experience as well. advice? Better yet, are any of you involved in open source projects in = which you would invite voluntary help, and would be willing to invite a = testing =91noob=92 to contribute?

=============================================================== From: wes ------------------------------------------------------ I'm not running a project, and I don't necessarily belong on this list anyway, but I am involved in a smaller project that could benefit from some QA assistance. It's Synergy (synergy-foss.org). I have been manning the helpdesk inbox & phone for a couple months, and now I'm struggling to get all the various platforms we support set up for testing. Win7/8 32/64, Mac 5/6/7/8 32/64, Debian 32/64, Fedora 32/64. It's pretty involved. I actually just bought a Mac specifically so I could do this. Now I'm going to embark on the long journey to dual-booting different versions of Mac OS X. If you have a Mac and may be willing to help me QA, it could be of some small benefit to you in experience. Also open to anyone else who wants to help, of course :) -wes

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ Wes, I do have a Mac. Actually, I have 3 Macs, and I have used Synergy in = the past. I think this may be a good opportunity. =20 anyway, but I am involved in a smaller project that could benefit from = some QA assistance. inbox & phone for a couple months, and now I'm struggling to get all the = various platforms we support set up for testing. Win7/8 32/64, Mac = 5/6/7/8 32/64, Debian 32/64, Fedora 32/64. It's pretty involved. I = actually just bought a Mac specifically so I could do this. Now I'm = going to embark on the long journey to dual-booting different versions = of Mac OS X. some small benefit to you in experience. wrote: someone on the list is running a project that I can get involved in. =20 to get started. But, there is a huge lack of QA in Fedora. =46rom some = of the discussions I have been in, there may be a movement to increase = QA with the Fedora.Next project, and Fedora Workstation. Some of the = discussions can be....--heated-- to say the least, as there alot of = passionate people in the projects. =20 is a need for documentation in Fedora, as its a lacking spot since there = aren't alot of folks volunteering for it.=20 wrote: Assurance / Software testing. I believe that it encompasses many of the = skills that I have picked up as a first and second level support = technician, systems administrator, technical writer, and process = consultant.=20 and I have read the first five chapters. would turn to the open source world. I=92ve looked at main-line = distributions of linux, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. While I believe that = Ubuntu=92s volunteer quality structure is intuitive and easily = understood, I feel that it may be a little too complex for a =93noob=94 = and may require more time than I can devote right now. structures, such as Firefox or WordPress. These may offer better = opportunities for me to get my feet wet by reading current bug reports, = and getting involved by performing actual testing and writing test = cases. Of course doing beta testing and performing documentation = testing may also be a good way to get some practical experience as well. advice? Better yet, are any of you involved in open source projects in = which you would invite voluntary help, and would be willing to invite a = testing =91noob=92 to contribute?

=============================================================== From: Benjamin Stewart ------------------------------------------------------ Side Note: I have no experience with dual-booting different versions of OS X, but I'll offer that OS X will happily install to and boot from external disks. Good luck!

=============================================================== From: Sean Brewer ------------------------------------------------------ Try uTest, I'm not sure how well they pay, but their training material is really good even if you decide not to work with them: http://www.utest.com/tester-resources Training material: http://university.utest.com/

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ Sean -=20 I really like the uTest thing. . thanks for that! is really good even if you decide not to work with them: wrote: / Software testing. I believe that it encompasses many of the skills = that I have picked up as a first and second level support technician, = systems administrator, technical writer, and process consultant.=20 and I have read the first five chapters. turn to the open source world. I=92ve looked at main-line distributions = of linux, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. While I believe that Ubuntu=92s = volunteer quality structure is intuitive and easily understood, I feel = that it may be a little too complex for a =93noob=94 and may require = more time than I can devote right now. structures, such as Firefox or WordPress. These may offer better = opportunities for me to get my feet wet by reading current bug reports, = and getting involved by performing actual testing and writing test = cases. Of course doing beta testing and performing documentation = testing may also be a good way to get some practical experience as well. advice? Better yet, are any of you involved in open source projects in = which you would invite voluntary help, and would be willing to invite a = testing =91noob=92 to contribute?