I work in SQA as Test manager/Tester and I want to get more from my Ubuntu desktop. Unfortunately Ubuntu does not have much software in repository for this task. Can you recommend set of Linux applications a software tester should have and eventually how to install it?

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    Dee, help me understand a bit more of what your asking ;-) Are you wondering what tools you can use to do software testing that run on ubuntu? Or are you asking what software testing is being done on ubuntu? – balloons Apr 18 '13 at 20:05
  • L- As I already wrote I work in SQA, so thats clear i want to use Ubuntu in my job... but missing the software testers usually use from simple screen picture grabber with editor to point on error trough log readers, service probes and diagraming tools to test planning tools. I expect this will have lot of correct solutions. With such missing set of applications in my test suite, I can easily find myself to running Windows in Virtualbox to do my job. – Dee May 7 '13 at 15:54
  • The bounty offered cannot be "divided between 1-5 valuable answers"; it always has to go to just one answer; see the notes on the FAQ. – user76204 May 7 '13 at 16:24
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    @Dee: there are dozen of tools for QA. As you already know, QA is a pretty big field. Probably you should edit your question specifying what tools you are exactly looking for and why you need them. For example: you said you need a log reader. Isn't a simple text editor enough? If not, why? Without knowing what you are going to work on and how you are going to work, it's very difficult to provide an answer. – Andrea Corbellini May 7 '13 at 16:31
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    Given the lack of specifics; here's a random list of stuff that you might find interesting. valgrind, strace, pts, autopilot, sikuli, xpresser, xunit, mago/ldtp – balloons May 12 '13 at 19:23

I have been away from QA since 2007, and was at the time working with windows. So needless to say at the time I did not think much of any tools that would run under Linux. So I've done some research, and I found many tools that can be used.

ABI Compliance Checker. A tool for checking backward binary compatibility of a shared C/C++ library. It analyzes changes in API that may cause compatibility problems: changes in call stack, v-table changes, removed interfaces, etc.

Autonet. Autonet is a GUI network test platform, internally it's based on CLI to communicate with devices. It can help you to arrange test cases, setup commands to devices ,run commands to check results and record test results.

Doit: Simple Web Application Testing. Doit is a scripting tool and language for testing web applications that use forms. Doit can generate random or sequenced form fill-in information, report results (into a database, file, or stdout), filter HTML results, and compare results to previous results, without having to manually use a web browser. It uses a console-based web client tool (like Curl or Wget) to send and receive HTTP requests and responses respectively.

PETA. Eclipse-based platform for automated software testing and covers the software life cycle from the specification up to the maintenance phase. The components of message based software systems like Client-/Server-, Multitier- and Service-Oriented-Architectures (SOA) may be simulated as well as tested in isolation and in their supposed interaction.

And others too many to list. Most of these tools will run under Linux, and I will include these links, that will give all the information that you need ( description, platform, download location, and installation procedure).

Sources and Links:

Open Source Testing


Software Testing Help

Software Testing Software


  • +bounty. Unfortunatelly there is not possible to assign bounty to a comment. – Dee May 14 '13 at 20:09
  • from PETA I have found good Testmanagement tool witw Community edition named Claros, good... – Dee May 15 '13 at 7:04

I personally used (updated)

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