OSDL and Bull Cooperate on Open Source POSIX Test Suite

Premier Linux Advocacy Organization Integrates Open POSIX Test Suite Into

OSDL's Scalable Test Platform (STP)

Dec 02, 2004, 00:00 ET from Open Source Development Labs, Inc.

    BEAVERTON, Ore. and PARIS, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Source
 Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies
 dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux (r) and Bull, a leading
 developer of servers and software for an open environment, today announced
 that OSDL, in cooperation with Bull, has integrated the Open POSIX Test Suite
 (OPTS) into its library of tests that run against new kernel builds.
     OPTS is an open source community project designed to make it easier to
 port applications from other POSIX platforms to Linux.  POSIX is a widely-used
 standard of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) that
 promotes portability among operating systems, primarily UNIX operating systems
 such as AIX, HP-UX and Solaris.  In addition to making significant test
 contributions to the OPTS project,  Bull led the effort to integrate the tests
 into STP to enable POSIX-compliance feedback in a manner that is timely to
 Linux/OSS developers.  Currently, the Open POSIX Test Suite has developed
 tests for threads, message queues, semaphores and signals.
     "As part of our mission to accelerate Linux adoption in the enterprise,
 OSDL is constantly testing the Linux kernel to ensure enterprise-class
 reliability," said Tom Hanrahan, director of engineering for OSDL. "We're
 pleased to work with our members and leading open source test projects to add
 the Open POSIX Test Suite into the OSDL Scalable Test Platform."
     "POSIX compliance and testing are valued by enterprise Linux customers who
 are often porting applications from other POSIX-compliant systems," said
 Sebastien Decugis of the NPTL Test and Trace Project at Bull.  "The automatic
 testing capability of the OSDL Scalable Test Platform is a huge benefit in
 Linux testing, making it the perfect platform to run the Open POSIX Test
     The Open POSIX Test Suite is freely available for use through a remote web
 interface to OSDL's lab facilities, running on up to eight-CPU systems. Tests
 can be run and compared on different Linux kernel builds automatically. Source
 code for both the Open POSIX Test Suite, and for the OSDL STP (under GPL
 license), is available for download on the Web.
     As part of its efforts to improve Linux testing for enterprise customers,
 Bull hosts the NPTL Tests and Trace project, a project that focuses on
 enhancing the quality of the Linux Native POSIX Threads Library.  When
 possible, tests from the NPTL project are integrated into the Open POSIX Test
     Information on the NPTL Test and Trace Project is available at:
 http://nptl.bullopensource.org .
     Information on the Open POSIX Test Suite project is available at:
 http://posixtest.sourceforge.net .
     Information on the OSDL Scalable Test Platform, including instructions on
 requesting for free test runs and access to previous Linux kernel test reports
 is available at:  http://www.osdl.org/lab_activities/kernel_testing/stp/ .
     About Bull
     Bull designs and develops servers and software for an open environment,
 integrating the most advanced technologies. In this respect, Bull's range of
 NovaScale servers combines the openness of standards with the robustness of
 mainframes. It brings to its customers its expertise and know-how to help them
 in the transformation of their information systems and to optimize their IT
 infrastructure and their applications.
     Bull is particularly present in the public sector, banking, finance,
 telecommunication, utilities and manufacturing sectors. Capitalizing on its
 wide experience, the Group has a thorough understanding of the business and
 specific processes of these sectors, thus enabling it to efficiently advise
 and to accompany its customers. Its distribution network spreads to over
 100 countries worldwide Bull has been an active contributor to a number of
 international Open Source projects, such as the Atlas Consortium to strengthen
 the Linux kernel and development of the Java Application Server, JOnAS, within
 the ObjectWeb Consortium, of which Bull is a founding member.
     For more information: http://www.bull.com .
     About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
     OSDL -- home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to
 accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 by CA, Hitachi,
 HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, OSDL is a non-profit organization at the center of
 Linux supported by a global consortium of more than 40 of the world's largest
 Linux customers and IT industry leaders. OSDL sponsors industry-wide
 initiatives around Linux in telecommunications, in the enterprise data center
 and on corporate desktops. The Lab also provides Linux expertise and computing
 and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers
 around the world. Visit OSDL on the Web at http://www.osdl.org/ .
     NOTE:  OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is
 a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property
 of their respective holders

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