Do you really want developers to be on this list was (Re: Very bad status of hardware (especially wifi) support in ubuntu, due to the too many accumulated regressions)

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Thu Nov 13 18:03:55 UTC 2008

On Thursday 13 November 2008 05:13, Andrew Sayers wrote:
> Sarah - this should make sense on its own, but it builds on an idea I
> suggested in
> which you might provide a little background to this post.
> > 3) There are plenty of other hardware regressions by which I am affected
> > and I feel like these should be a bit more acknowledged by developers.
> > Because I can't be the only one."
> >
> > What I'd like to raise - how does one write such a database, when there
> > is no clear-cut answer on whether this card, with this driver, works?
> Since we're talking about regressions here, one solution would be to
> make downgrading as easy as upgrading, and to request an optional
> hardware profile immediately before a user up/downgrades.  Spotting
> problematic hardware then becomes a relatively simple statistical
> problem: when a user gives their hardware profile ready for an upgrade,
> they can be informed "you have <device X>, users with <device X> were n%
> more likely than average to downgrade.  Are you sure you want to
> continue?".

Downgrading an entire system is never going to be reliable.  It might be 
possible to take a snapshot of the system onto a suitable storage medium that 
one could restore to if needed.

Scott K

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