Do you want to know if your computer will work with Ubuntu? Head to Ubuntu Friendly to quickly find out. It’s an ever-growing database of computers known to work flawlessly with everyone’s favorite Linux-based operating system. Do you want to help make that website useful? Run the system test on your computer running Ubuntu right now. You will run tests on your wireless card, your sound and more.
Ubuntu Friendly is a new, beta website allowing users to find out whether Ubuntu will run properly on their computer. All of the information is provided by end-user tests; the software for the test is built into every Ubuntu system. It’s a simple way for everyone using Ubuntu to give back to the project, without the need to code.
Even better though, this is a very useful way for would-be Ubuntu users to find out whether their computer will work without having to actually install the system.
Checking The Database
Of course, not every computer is in this database yet. That’s where users running their own tests come in.
Running The Tests
Looking for the system tests? Just open up the Unity dashboard and type “Testing“. You’ll see the “System Testing” option come up quickly. Fire that program up and you’ll be ready to start.
The first thing you will see is a selection of tests. Scroll through them and uncheck anything that doesn’t apply to your system. For example, if you don’t have Bluetooth on your computer, feel free to turn off the Bluetooth test.
Once you continue, it will be onto the tests. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. In all cases you will be asked to do something, then click “Yes” or “No“. It will be the easiest multiple choice test you’ve ever taken!
For example: the test on your graphics card asks you whether or not you can see some colored bars and static:
If you see them, click “Yes” and continue. If not, click “No“. If you think a particular question doesn’t apply to your system, click “skip this test” to continue without corrupting the test’s results.
Another example is testing whether the volume buttons on your computer work:
Working through all of these tests took me about 20 minutes, but your experience may vary. Once you’re done you can send your information out to the world, though you will need a Launchpad account to do so:
Sign up for Launchpad before running your tests and you won’t need to bother at the end.
This is a great way for non-programers to contribute to Ubuntu. It’s not a huge effort, but anything you can to to help spread Ubuntu is helpful. There may well be someone with your exact computer who ends up using Ubuntu because of your tests. Or if something isn’t working, the Ubuntu team might well find a fix. So running these tests is something every Ubuntu user should consider doing.
I ran a test on my EEE 900a and saw the results go live almost immediately. It’s a rewarding feeling, one every Ubuntu user should feel. Run the tests and submit the results; then come back here to let us know how your system did in the comments below.
Oh, and be sure to check out 11.10, the latest version of Ubuntu, if you haven’t yet. It’s a great one.