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Re: RH recommends using Windows? plus a Question!



On Tue, Nov 04, 2003 at 07:05:38PM -0500, Jef Spaleta wrote:
> I'd imagine there will be a metric crapload of reports for certain video
> cards. Being able to narrow down by picking your mobo and maybe even
> your monitor could help sort the initial list of reports you are going
> to pull up, just by bringing any relevant mobo/card issues up to the
> top. 

Sure, I was just trying to keep the example simple.  :-)

> Hmm..is it wise to make it point and click easy to list brokenness in a
> hardware database that is completely seperate from bugzilla? I'd really
> hate to lose useful bugreports to comments in the hardware database and
> make developers have to troll the hardware reviews as well to find out
> if a piece of hardware has a problem. A review based hardware database 
> makes some sense as an end-user tool for people choosing hardware to
> use, but i don't know if it makes sense as a tool for developers to keep
> track of specific hardware issues...and i'd hate to see review comments
> become the prefered end-user way to report problems...but have bugzilla
> be the preferred developer way to track problems.  

Well, it would be nice to have someplace to point people when the
answer is RESOLVED->NOTABUG (hardware not supported)

You'd definitely want to have the ability to file a bug report in
bugzilla and say "my hardware report is at URL foo" for easy access.
bugzilla really isn't set up for this kind of information AFAIK...

(Now Dave will chime in and tell me that bugzilla can butter my
bread for me, of course.)

> Well i vote for mocking up the forum side of this with a pre-existing
> forum codebase if at all possible. A specially crafted advogato reporter
> client to script the hardware reports to submit would be simple for
> someone to bootstrap together i would imagine. But would  a stock
> advogato forum provide enough initial usefulness as a target forum
> platform to play with? Is linux-usb.org device database a useful example
> of this sort of thing minus the advogato ranking system?
> 
> http://www.qbik.ch/usb/devices/

Mmmm, I'm thinking a lot more structured information and cross-linking.
I'm not sure how useful it is without that.  I think you really want
a database behind it in order to do interesting queries, especially
the kinds of queries you have proposed.  :-)

michaelkjohnson

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