The Fressia Project is an effort to develop a framework for testing automation. It's intended for users (testers) who want a simple tool that can be used just out of the box. It was originally conceived as part of the QA efforts at the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory. It has been delivered to the community because, despite it still being at early stages, it has proven to be a useful general purpose testing tool. It is designed to provide functional testing, system testing, system integration testing, white (black) box testing, automated regression testing, acceptance testing, etc.
MASH is a modular, automated script harness. It allows users to implement simple harnesses that perform work external to a system. The framework will invoke that harness as outlined by an XML script. For example, when using the framework to test a system you could create a script that cleans and loads a database, FTPs some data, submits a login form, and verifies HTTP information. Harnesses can easily be built to do almost anything (many harnesses are provided), not just Web page verification. While harnesses are written in Java, the scripts may be run against any type of system as harnesses are intended to act as clients.