Web interface?

Asked by Tomas Gustavsson on 2008-03-10

Are you only going to build a client or both a client and a web page where people can view the collected hardware data?

I read somewhere that you were going to integrate it with Launchpad? How is that going to work? Are you developing a whole new module for Launchpad?? Isn't it better to have a separate site for hardware compatibility information?

I'm asking this mainly because that I'm curious and also because I have thought about writing a site where people can see which hardware will work or not on their Ubuntu version.

Best regards

/Tomas "tomplast" Gustavsson

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Marc Tardif (cr3) said : #1

Launchpad is indeed working on building a user interface for people to see which hardware will work or not on their Ubuntu version. The benefit of integrating this feature in Launchpad instead of building a separate hardware compatibility site is that there are multiple ramifications to other modules readily available within Launchpad:

Bugs could be linked directly to specific hardware components in the database. Or, the other way around, bugs could be reported directly after submitting test results using the hwtest application. So, if you have a failed test, the Launchpad interface could easily provide a button for you to report a bug for that test. Then, the relevant information for that test could automatically be attached to the bug report.

Answers could also be linked to hardware components in order to provide workarounds or optimizations to improve the user experience of the hardware. For example, some audio kernel modules might need to be unloaded explicitly in order for hibernation to work. So, providing an answer would be the ideal way to document this workaround.

Packages and especially their versions are also very important to consider when building a hardware database. It's one thing to report that some hardware component can work with a Linux distribution, it's another to say with which packages specifically it has been known to work. For example, some intel audio controllers can work on Ubuntu 7.10 but this requires the installation of the linux-backports-modules. The ideal way to document this level of detail is to provide linkage with packages.

Please note that the above features are strictly potential for integrating the hardware database in Launchpad. For now, the user interface simply provides a list of the information each user has submitted using the hwtest application in order to make it accessible to the community. Here is the URL where [username] should be replaced with your own username:

  https://launchpad.net/~[username]/+hwdb-submissions

In addition to this community database, there is also a commercial database which provides a list of hardware which will work on Ubuntu:

  http://webapps.ubuntu.com/certification

10111 (joachim-neu) said : #2

Hello. I also was already searching for a list and couldn't find any menu item in the user-action-list. Do you plan to integrate this feature? Are you also planning to give the possible to anonymize (i.e. unlink the test-results from user-accounts) and protect (i.e. make the tests unaccessible for users) the tests?

Craig73 (funrun73) said : #3

Where are the blueprints for the web side? (or related pieces?) This seems to be such a common request, and searching finds tonnes of info, but nothing that suggests progress or active work. [OK, I see you had a team announcement]

Craig73 (funrun73) said : #4

Where are the blueprints for the web side? (or related pieces?) This seems to be such a common request, and searching finds tonnes of info, but nothing that suggests progress or active work. [OK, I see you had a team announcement]

Craig73 (funrun73) said : #5

Where are the blueprints for the web side? (or related pieces?) This seems to be such a common request, and searching finds tonnes of info, but nothing that suggests progress or active work. [OK, I see you had a team announcement]

Craig73 (funrun73) said : #6

(sorry... no delete my spam option)

komputes (komputes) said : #7

Craig73, the blueprint for the proposed site can be found here:
https://blueprints.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/better-hardware-database

Asta Lyberth (astalyberth) said : #8

Please just provide me with a simple email address to send the checkbox report to.

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