[KyOSS Discuss] Possible topic for next lug meeting

Barton Chittenden bartonski at gmail.com
Sun Dec 30 16:06:39 EST 2012

Doing a little more research, it seems that there is a company which does
generic linux hardware certification -- I think that this is more for OEM
certification. They have a test suite for pre-certification (essentially
saying "These are the things that we're going to test for, so go ahead and
make sure that you have them right"). I glanced through these. The tests
seem to be a lot more manual than the Ubuntu tests, which has its
advantages and disadvantages -- I'm sure that their tests are more
flexible, but the results will be less standardized.

Here's the URL of their test suite:


On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM, alan blount <alan at zeroasterisk.com> wrote:

> Like.
> We an also make a training video to send out to encourage other groups.
> Thanks
> Alan
> 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> 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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