Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

Summary: Canonical answers the question: "Will it work with Linux?" for OEMs.


"But will it work with Linux?" That's a question that many end-users has asked over the years about PC components and peripherals. Lately, the answer is usually yes. Thanks to vendors like Dell and the efforts of the Linux Driver Project, very few devices and components won't work at all with Linux. At the same time, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have faced the same problem at a lower level. Now, Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, has announced that it's opening up its complete database of certified components for Ubuntu and Linux.

That's good news. It means Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) working on Ubuntu or Linux notebooks and PCs can much more quickly design systems that they can be sure will work with Linux and Ubuntu in particular.

The catalog presents ODMs and OEMs with a selection of over 1,300 certified components from 161 manufacturers. The database laid out both by vendor, and by type of component. With the former you can quickly see, for example, what ATI, NIVIDIA, and Broadcom have to offer, and with the latter you can find out who's offering Linux-certified Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE), USB and touch interfaces. You can also search the catalog for specific equipment.

In a statement, Victor Palau, Platform Services Manager at Canonical said, "There has not been a comprehensive, up-to-date freely available catalog like this for a long time. By making this open and easily searchable we want to speed the component selection for Ubuntu machines, and allow us and our partner manufacturers to focus on the value-added user experience."

According to Ubuntu, with this database, "corporate buyers can specify the design of their Ubuntu desktops or servers from manufacturers much more efficiently. Individuals can be sure that the key components of the machine they are considering will work with their preferred Ubuntu or Linux distribution. The PC and server industry will also have a simple single source to publicize the work that they do in certifying Linux components and making that knowledge freely available."

In addition, Canonical has also released a listing of Ubuntu certified complete PCs, laptops and servers.

While this new catalog is handy, it leaves me wanting more. It would be great if say the Linux Foundation could put together a comprehensive list from not just Canonical but all the major Linux distributors, such as Red Hat and Novell, and the hardware members of the Linux Foundation like Intel, NEC, and Qualcomm. What Canonical has done is useful. A comprehensive vendor-neutral catalog would be even better.

Topics: Software, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems

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  • Excellent news

    This is a really big help! Now I'll know for sure beforehand, that what I'll buy will work in Ubuntu.

    Thanks for sharing this news. :-)
  • And yet more Choice for Everyone

    Do what you want.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
  • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

    great idea. Very helpful
  • Wonderful

    While only one item has failed to work on Ubuntu, (an Acer laptop webcam that was unused anyhow), this catalog will ease a lot of tension in the future. The great variety of drivers and such that load as needed is one of the main reasons we've pretty much switched to Ubuntu
  • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

    "What Canonical has done is useful. A comprehensive vendor-neutral catalog would be even better."
    How can Linux, an open source OS, provide a vendor-neutral catalog?
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

      Easy--someone tests hardware, determines if it works, and compiles a catalog of results. It doesn't have to be done by the organization that publishes the software, and nothing says that these people couldn't cooperate anyway...
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

      @coachgeorge Why wouldn't this be possible and what does open source have to do with it?
  • Seriously?!

    Like anyone is really using Linux on the desktop... it's 2011 people! Linux is so Y2K!
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux


      A valley girl impressing us with her English skills. rof,llll.
    • Reply to Hasam1991

      @Hasam1991<br><br><font color=brown><font size=2><i>Do you work for <del> BlockBuster </del>.?? Oh I Mean Microsoft.</i> </font></font> :)
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

      @Hasam1991 I don't think so. Linux desktop is only getting better. With Ubuntu 11.04 coming out soon and Red Hat's release of Top Hat, not to mention new Debian and Gnome 3, Linux on the desktop is expanding. Perhaps not as quickly as proponents would like, but it is moving in a positive direction.
  • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

    It should help to block out those sales from companies that do not want to partake in the Linux revolution. Example Canon products should not be purchased.
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

      Get with the times buddy. Actually Canon appear to be the only printer manufacturers that actually produce Linux drivers that allow you to see the ink level in their printers. They are not perfect - but they **do** work (with Ubuntu Lucid). That includes the latest products as well. The drivers are there to download on their website...
      Bob Wya
      • You are both correct ...

        @Bob Wya <br><br>To be fair it's Canon USA that has a total disregard for Linux drivers and support. Only Canon Pacific-Asia, which includes Australia, had proper drivers and support for most Canon printers but not for any of the USA only models.
  • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

    I'm glad that they have done this. I'm tired of the "plug & pray" method! Thanks for the info.
  • Who gives a damn whether the hardware works...

    What about the software? Will Ventura Publisher run under Linux? How about the software for LEGO MindStorms? Or Microsoft Word? What good is the hardware if it won't run the software you want to use?
    • Here are 4 options.

      @GrizzledGeezer <br><br>The best answer would be to install free VirtualBox 4, then install XP or 7, then install whatever Windows software you want within the virtual machine. You'll have the security and protection of Linux and if you do get infected, it will not take down your whole computer. You can re-install XP or 7 in the virtual machine without affecting other parts of your computer.<br><br>You could install free Wine, which is not an emulator, but rather works with the Windows API to allow running Windows program within Linux. Most programs work the same as in Windows, however ones that are more complicated like Tax programs or those heavily involved with Active-X may experience problems. I've gotten very sophisticated CAD programs to work perfectly using Wine. The software repositories for Ubuntu and Linux provide over 30,000 programs, you can probably find a suitable Linux equivalent. Using Online programs like (FreeTaxUSA) is another alternative since they are browser driven and don't need a specific OS.<br><br>Another alternative would be to use open source alternatives like Open Office instead of Word. It has never presented a problem to our family if you save your work as a .doc, .xls, mdb or .ppt file. My daughter has been using it for her HS and college assignments for years. I find it's a lot more stable than MS office and also more secure.<br><br>You can wait for the software company to provide a Linux version that can be run on your type of Linux. Ubuntu and Mint use .deb files. Linux is becoming more popular and companies may find they have to provide Linux versions to compete, especially for college students. See my program listing in "Recommendation for Hardware" below.<br><br>It's important to know that Microsoft Active-X controls were developed to allow outside programs to gain an intentional and increased control over your computer. Most agree these tools available to programmers always presented a security risk. At the least, they allowed an efficient channel for spyware to be installed.<br><br>Linux does not support Active-X for security reasons, neither do Open Source browsers like FireFox and Chrome. If your program relies heavily on Active-X, you may have to use the VirtualBox to run Windows within Linux.
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

      @GrizzledGeezer Do you not know how to read the label on the software and see the requirements? If it says Windows is required then there you go. <br><br>Hardware often doesn't have anything telling you the platforms for which there are drivers.<br><br>And if it doesn't run the software you want to use then don't use it. It runs the software that other people want to use so they use it. Hell I say the same thing about Windows servers but yet the folks around me still insist on using it because they don't know how to do anything if theres not a button to click.
      • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux


        ... actually every discreet piece of hardware i have ever picked up to look at listed OS versions it had drivers provided for on its package... these are all equipment supplied drivers...
    • RE: Canonical releases Component Catalog for Ubuntu & Linux

      You make a good point > if an OS is not able to satisfy your needs it's no good for you - the very reason I'm using Linux myself.

      If your needs make Linux unsuitable for your needs then perhaps your better off with some other OS - it's great to have a choice, no?

      P.S. Don't know about LEGO software but you can run Word on Linux - to get commercial support (like you get with Windows+Word from M$) you can pay a little for software formerly known as Crossover Office.

      It's great to have a choice.