Hardware check idea

Christoph Höger choeger at cs.tu-berlin.de
Sun Sep 23 22:16:11 UTC 2007


I think that such an application would simply require too much manpower 
(as you would have to keep tons of metadata up to date), although some 
kind of wiki could help out.
The programming should be rather simple (you can readout hardware infos 
on windows, don't you?) but the information management would be hell.

What I personally would prefer was a simple "Of course it runs with 
linux/Yes, we provide GPLed drivers" Sticker on Pcs and Notebooks. *dream*

Ryan McDonough schrieb:
> After proposing this in the Fedora irc room I decided to post it to 
> everyone on the list for feedback:
> I would like to see an application that would run on windows/osx/linux 
> that would check hardware and see if your mobo/cpu/fans etc will work 
> with the newer kernels and if not what boot commands you may need and 
> what problems these boot commands may cause, it would check against the 
> current top 5 distrobutions kernels, plus the current standard kernel.
>  It wouldn't be total hardware like gfx etc, just the core hardware like 
> mobo, cpu, fans as its the hardware that you can't really change 
> (easily) unlike a video card.
> I feel this would bring great benefits as it would allow people to see 
> if the newer distrobutions will actually boot with no problems without 
> having to download 700mb live cd images and take all the time and effort 
> to burn the cd and then have to report that it wouldn't boot on a forum.
> I have experienced a problem with a kernel update after the 2.6.20 
> release that the newer distrobutions were using as I couldn't/can't boot 
> without noacpi acpi=off, added to my boot command which causes power 
> management to go bye bye along with my monitor after 15 minutes.
> I'm not a great programmer as I've just started, but I would like to see 
> if people think this project is feasible and a good use of developers 
> time and help/learn as much as I could.
> -Ryan

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