[KyOSS Discuss] Possible topic for next lug meeting

alan blount alan at zeroasterisk.com
Sun Dec 30 10:40:13 EST 2012


We an also make a training video to send out to encourage other groups.


On Sunday, December 30, 2012, Liam Boyle wrote:

> I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10 off USB for a while now.  They can be
> made as persistent USB installs, but you run into difficulty if you try and
> update the linux kernel on the USB.  I've been debating trying USB installs
> of TAILS or Backtrack to see if they have the same issue, but I need two
> more flash drives for that.
> On Dec 30, 2012 3:53 AM, "Barton Chittenden" <bartonski at gmail.com<javascript:_e({}, 'cvml', 'bartonski at gmail.com');>>
> wrote:
> Linux compatibility workshop -
> Ubuntu has a 'System Testing' application which queries the hardware in
> the usual ways (lspci, dmesg, etc), then runs a series of tests to make
> sure that audio, video, network, disk drives, card readers and so forth all
> work.
> After all of the tests run, the application bundles up the results in an
> XML file, and sends them back to Canonical; they add the results to Ubuntu
> Friendly <https://friendly.ubuntu.com/>.
> Here's my thought:
> Load Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on to several thumb drives (might want to put
> 12.10 for Mac on one of them)
> Make sure that some of the peripherals which the System Testing app can
> test (e.g. external VGA and HDMI monitors, external speakers, microphones,
> USB thumb drives, SD/CF/MMC cards, PCMCIA cards) are available, then test
> all of the laptops we have available.
> I'm not at all stuck on Ubuntu -- I don't know if other distros have a
> similar testing app (or indeed how portable Ubuntu's app is). If there are
> live distros which provide similar testing, I think that we should try as
> many as we can.
> Also, it might be useful to compile a broader test suite -- to make sure
> that not only the OS and common hardware is supported, but also to make
> sure that as many other programs work correctly as we can muster.
> In general, I think that this is a great way of giving back to the Linux
> community; it's also a great way to make sure that, all of our hardware
> gets supported.
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