[KyOSS Discuss] Possible topic for next lug meeting

David L. King king.david.lee at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 08:29:15 EST 2012

Would we like to host a "Test-a-thon" or sorts? Convince people to bring in
their old and new laptops, that we may test them? We could also bring any
components we had lying around, stick them together, then test those (and
subsequently take back our treasured pieces of hardware, whatever they may


Where does Ubuntu (Canonical) store all that info? Does that also go to





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This is much closer to what I had in mind:




The phoronix test suite reports back to http://openbenchmarking.org/.


They also have their own live distro
<http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/?k=pts_desktop_live> .




On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 4:06 PM, Barton Chittenden <bartonski at gmail.com>

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:



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> 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

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