Alpha & Beta Version

Definition for Alpha Version:

In software development, testing is usually required before release to the general public. This phase of development is known as the alpha phase. Testing during this phase is known as alpha testing.

In the first phase of alpha testing, developers test the software using white box techniques. Additional inspection is then performed using black box or grey box techniques. This is usually done by a dedicated testing team. This is often known as the second stage of alpha testing.

In a corporate environment, an Alpha test is not implemented in the workplace, but done in labs and simulated settings.

Definition for Beta Version:

Once the alpha phase is complete, development enters the beta phase. Versions of the software, known as beta-versions, are released to a limited audience outside of the company. The software is released to groups of people so that further testing can ensure the product has few faults or bugs. Sometimes, beta-versions are made available to the open public to increase the feedback field to a maximal number of future users.

Testing during the beta phase, informally called ‘beta testing, is generally constrained to black box techniques although a core of test engineers are likely to continue with white box testing in parallel to the beta tests. Thus the term beta test can refer to the stage of the software—closer to release than being “in alpha”—or it can refer to the particular group and process being done at that stage. So a tester might be continuing to work in white box testing while the software is “in beta” (a stage) but he or she would then not be part of “the beta test” (group/activity).

A Beta test is implemented in a live environment, but the applications that the software would replace are run as well so that in case the software being tested fails the operation can continue.




Alpha version of Ubuntu Manual in Tamil Released.

Hi to all,

Finally we guys are translated the Ubuntu Manual in Tamil Localization. So that every Tamil reader can easily read and understand the terms said in that pdf. For this translation Kanchi lug guys work hardly and spend their full efforts to complete this work. We also released that pdf as a Hard copy.

Translated pdf has been released by Kanchi LUG in Ubuntu 10.04 release party celebrated at Kanchipuram.

Still Some words want to freeze for standard purpose. That work will be completed in Phase 2 and released within 10 days.

You can download that pdf in From this you can give Suggestions and Corrections about translated terms. By this we can make the pdf more easy to read by all tamil readers.

Thank you.

V.Bala Krishnan.

Boot Camp from Kanchi LUG

Some days ago, In KanchiLUG weekly meet, we bought a thought of running a camp on open source programming in kanchipuram.

As usual, the energetic KanchiLUG team, gave life to the words.

Formed Teams.
Topics and Persons were assigned.
Searched for Place – Got it at Sakthi ITI, Kanchipuram
Prepared a read list for all the team.
Followed up each speaker for his self learn and practise.
Printed Pamphlet for the bootcamp and spread via newspapers.
Got nice registrations. Planned for 40. But got 25. Fair.
Searched for Projector. Thyagu, Mangal Sundar(IIT), Kannan(IIT) sponsored a projector.

6 Days, Different speakers, Different Topics.

Linux Intro
Html, Javascript,CSS
MySQL, Postgresql

I could not able to be there in person. But the team is sufficient enough to handle all.

Here are the day reports.

My Part  in the event is I gave a talk on Python programming language  on Day 5 :-)

So happy to see that the teamwork is giving awesome results.

There are so many upcoming activities in KanchiLUG and this is just a start.
Hope both the listeners and speakers learnt a lot from this event.

Wishes to the KanchiLUG Team.
Proud to be a part of the wonderful team.


V.Bala Krishnan