PCLinuxOS launching hardware certification program
The PCLinuxOS Hardware Database (HWDB) collects user-submitted reports on the compatibility of various hardware with the PCLinuxOS distribution. Now its founder has announced a plan to begin a hardware certification program for personal computer manufacturers.
The certification team plans to test computer models with the latest version of the distribution and, if it proves compatible, allow the manufacturer to add a "Certified -- Works with PCLinusOS" label to the computer's packaging. Initially, the team plans to perform certification testing without vendor participation and report results unsolicited to manufacturers.
Requirements for being PCLOS-certified are not yet fleshed out, but the general yardstick has been defined as "out of the box" compatibility with prebuilt systems. According to HWDB founder Jeremiah Summers, "the assumption [is] that the performance will be as the manufacturer intended when the device was designed, or that the manufacturer has provided drivers that come with an installer that is easy to use while still not degrading any performance for the hardware." Summers will work with volunteers from the PCLOS community on the certification program.
Preliminary plans are to designate two levels of certification.