Understanding the programme

Asked by Martin Cloete on 2011-09-04


I'm in the market for a new laptop and use Ubuntu exclusively. Now I have started by browsing the Ubuntu Certification Programme.

So my questions are as follows:

1. When a system is certified for a particular Ubuntu release without any notes attached to that release does that make it fully supported?
Take the Thinkpad T420 as an example. It is certified with 10.10 pre-installed with notes (I get that part) and 11.04 just like that. Does this mean the system is fully Natty compatible?

2. Are the laptop systems only certified with 32bit versions or can it be assumed that if it is certified 32bit that 64bit will also work?

3. Is it likely that should a system be certified for a Ubuntu release that it will be certified for the following release?



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Hi Martin,

If there are no notes for a particular Ubuntu release on the system then that means that all functionality that has been tested works satisfactorily. This is according to the test suite defined here: http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/test-suite

As for the architecture question, laptops are certified with the 32-bit image at the moment as standard. Some systems may be certified with the 64-bit image upon request and this will be indicated on the systems certification entry.

Thanks Brendan Donegan, that solved my question.