what do i do with the checkbox report?

Asked by Jillian on 2009-06-06

Once I've run the Launchpad System Testing what do I do? Are errors fixed automatically or do i follow the recommendations?

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Marc Tardif (cr3) said : #1

Checkbox is meant to gather information from your system. This consists of hardware and software information gathered automatically. But, this also consists of your answers to questions which also constitute information about your system. For example, it is informational to know whether your audio controller is working or not.

That being said, the last step in Checkbox consists of sending all this information to Launchpad. This can then help the community to potentially fix problems. However, this does not necessarily mean the problems will be fixed.

Sheryl Zettner (precinct3035) said : #2

I tried to submit my report, but it said it didn't have an email, even though I registered it. :-(

As best I can see, this checkbox application is next to useless. :-(

A little manual that explains what it means would be nice. Or maybe suggested things to look for when your system isn't behaving right. Or minimally a sample of what a report would look like if your system was working perfectly, so you could compare your results with a fully efficient system.

My Dad keeps telling me that Linux has all the answers, but I am really missing my iMac, where I could actually fix things myself without a bunch of gobbledygook that only a seasoned programmer could possibly decipher. :-(

Marc Tardif (cr3) said : #3

Sheryl, you raise excellent concerns about the point of running Checkbox. If a system isn't behaving right, this should ideally result in something that is actionable. In other words, hold the hand of the user about what to do next rather than leave them hanging.

Since this question was originally answered, we've started working on a solution to this problem called Ubuntu Friendly. The most pressing objective of the programme is to rate systems from the community, so you can know how well your system is working compared to other systems.

The Ubuntu Friendly programme is still in development, so this would be the ideal time to join the team and subscribe to the mailing list:


Thanks for sharing your concerns, much appreciated!

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