Linux Security 7 Beta 3 is out now and again we have several new supported platforms. There are now 28 supported Linux distribution versions listed in the release notes and actually we have 36 of them active in nightly automated tests. Yes, there are problems for example on Fedora 7 and TurboLinux 11 that haven’t been solved yet, but they will most probably be supported when the final release arrives. I took a quick look at competitors web sites and it looks like we have currently the widest platform support in the Linux antivirus industry.
This is of course enabled by automation. If you want to see how our test automation system has evolved, see my test automation presentation in Google Test Automation Conference last fall in New York.
A test module called moosetest mentioned in the presentation has actually enabled us to triple the amount of test cases run per platform after the presentation took place. We can now re-initialize, reboot, crash and torture the test computers to our heart’s content. Also for the first time we have full coverage for the upgrade-from-previous-versions test scenarios. Also the test system now runs fully automated performance tests on real hardware in addition to normal testing performed on virtual machines. “fair simulation” philosophy for the moosetest was adopted from the Saab version of moose test. See the wikipedia article on moose test.
I can already say that this release will be the best quality we have ever released. Now go get the beta!