Kubuntu Laptop Testing

Luke Monahan lukemonahan at gmail.com
Tue Jun 27 22:19:41 BST 2006

On Wednesday 28 June 2006 03:26 am, Jonathan Jesse wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 June 2006 11:59, Richard Johnson wrote:
> > On Tuesday 27 June 2006 09:23, Hobbsee wrote:
> > > > From: "Luke Monahan" <lukemonahan at gmail.com>
> > > > - Laptops generally have a sales cycle of between 6 and 12 months.
> > > > That is to say, a brand new model today is more often than not off
> > > > the shelves 6 months later.  Also the sheer number of models
> > > > available, including all the alternate names in different regions, is
> > > > mind boggling.  All this makes it hard to find a model in the laptop
> > > > testing pages that matches a model that is commonly available for
> > > > sale right now.  What might be more useful from a laptop buyers
> > > > point-of-view is a searchable database by component.  For example,
> > > > "Give me reports on all laptops that are built on Intel Napa
> > > > platform, Intel 3945 wireless, Intel Core-duo processor and ATI x1600
> > > > video" would be helpful for finding laptops with components similar
> > > > to my own and seeing their compatability.  Possibly compatability
> > > > reports on the individual components are the way to go, as well as
> > > > complete laptop reports.
> > > >
> > >>> That sounds like an incredibly sane idea to me.  Who's up for
> > >>> creating it?
> > >>>
> > > >>Hobbsee
> >
> > Actually a very good idea, however wouldn't this be part of the hardware
> > database that is currently be developed/ported to Kubuntu from Ubuntu? If
> > not, I wouldn't mind working on the project if need be, as my background
> > seems to be hardware extensive.

Where are the results of the hwdb questions stored?  Is it in any kind of 
end-user friendly format, or the information just collected for now?

> This is a great idea, there was the same discussion on the laptop testing
> team with the end idea being to create/change the template that is
> currently setup to include testing of only the differences between Kubuntu
> and Ubuntu.
> So can we help them out by determining what the differences are between the
> two?

Having a look around at Edgy specs it seems that the Ubuntu/Kubuntu 
differences where laptop owners are concerned are only going to reduce.

If https://wiki.kubuntu.org/KubuntuPowerManagement is implemented that is 
another point where the two DE's will be functionally the same.  
Standardising on NetworkManager and their respective Gnome/KDE frontend 
applets would also reduce the differences.

In particular there is https://wiki.kubuntu.org/KubuntuLaptopButtons, which 
still seems like it would warrant seperate testing from Ubuntu.

Also there is worth in simply installing Kubuntu even if no differences are 
expected.  There are occassionally random bugs and quirks that occur in one 
of the other of KDE/Gnome.

Still I think the two distros are converging enough that having seperate 
laptop testing pages for each would needlessly divide a lot of useful 


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