Feedback on the Certification test suite

Asked by Ron

How do i go about testing my machine how do I get the suite to do so?

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Jeff Lane (bladernr) said :

If you mean "How do I join the Hardware Certification Programme and get my machine certified", please see the attached FAQ for info on the programme and how to sign up.

If you are an Ubuntu User and wish to just test your system, then you can run the tool, called Checkbox, by opening the dash and searching for "testing" and click on the System Testing icon.

Additionally, you can submit your results to the Ubuntu Friendly programme ( ) which is a community oriented hardware validation programme designed to provide Ubuntu users with an idea of what systems out there are being used with Ubuntu (whether the are certified or not).
FAQ #1744: “How can I participate on the Certification Program?”.

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Ron (kidx-white-black-gaming) said :

What dash do I open just wondering thanks.

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Ron (kidx-white-black-gaming) said :

Also can I get this in the Gnome remix thnaks.

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Jeff Lane (bladernr) said :

Sorry, the answer assumes you're running Ubuntu, not a deriviative, as from a certification point of view, we only run certification on Ubuntu, we don't certify on the other variants.

Checkbox should run fine in gnome or KDE. Whether it's installed on a variant is an unknown though. It is part of Main for Ubuntu, and I assume the variants install the same packages, however, they do pick and choose a lot of the base packages for their versions, so it could well be missing.

To be honest, I've been on Unity for so long I can't remember where it was located... I think under System Tools, perhaps. Look through the menu for System Testing.

Also, you can look to see if it's even installed:
$ dpkg -l |grep checkbox

For 12.04 and later, you should see something like this:
bladernr@klaatu:~/Downloads$ dpkg -l |grep checkbox
ii checkbox 0.15+bzr1834+201211241747~precise1 System testing application
ii checkbox-qt 0.15+bzr1834+201211241747~precise1 QT4 interface for checkbox

If not, then try:

$ sudo apt-get install checkbox

(warning, that could potentially install a LOT of dependency packages as well).

Then to run it, all you should have to do is find the icon and click it, OR just run from console:

$ checkbox

(do not run it via sudo, it will prompt you for the password on its own so that tests that require root escalation can function).

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