System Requirements for BBST Courses

General software requirements for all classes

Internet access – Course participants need access to the course management system at as well as the links included in the course. Our videos are currently hosted on Vimeo

Web browser – We typically recommend students have two browsers installed on their machines. From time to time, we run into websites that don’t display properly in one browser or another. We recommend installing Firefox and one other browser. For Windows machines, most students use Firefox and Chrome or Internet Explorer. For Macintosh, the typical student uses Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Media player – Students must be able to view videos in wmv, mov, or mp4 formats. A number of free media players allow for this. We prefer the free, open source VLC player but anything that plays the videos will do. Quicktime and Windows Media Player are two popular options. Students will probably need both of these if they don’t have VLC.

PDF reader – Students also need to be able to read PDF files. Adobe’s Reader is the most popular but there are other alternatives.

Skype – We use Skype for interactive feedback. It allows us to share screens and talk to individual students.

BBST Foundations class

There are no special software requirements beyond the general requirements listed above.

Text editor – Most participants find a text editor to be a useful tool. We use and recommend the editors built into our operating systems but many students use Microsoft Word.

BBST Bug Advocacy class

In addition to the general requirements listed above, students must be able to:

  • download and install the latest developer build of OpenOffice. Downloads are available at
  • create an account in Bugzilla at
  • access and search Bugzilla at

Screen capture – Windows 7 and Macintosh both have satisfactory screen capture utilities built in to the OS.

Paint program – From time to time, participants need to edit a screen capture. The built-in paint program for Windows is fine for this.

BBST Test Design class

Students in Test Design need the software listed under General Requirements and Bug Advocacy. In addition, they need to be able to access and use Google Documents – specifically the Presentation component and the free Xmind available for download here.

BBST Domain Testing class

Students in Domain Testing need the software listed under General Requirements and Bug Advocacy. They also need GnuCash (available at which we use for our software under test in the class labs and capstone project.