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 * '''Launchpad Entry''': UbuntuSpec:hardware-kernel-o-fwts-enhancements  * '''Launchpad Entry''': UbuntuSpec:hwe-o-fwts-enhancements


While the first 10 months of development of the Firmware Test Suite provided a reasonable first-cut of the tool, there are some short comings and features need to be enhanced to make the tool even better at identifying BIOS/firmware issues.

Some work items were not included in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty which have been postponed to 11.10:

Create a basic BIOS tracking working/broken features against vendor, version Identify ACPI errors in the kernel log and report them via apport.

And some feature requests for 11.10 are as follows:

  • Better UEFI support.
  • Improved SMBIOS checking.
  • Catching IRQ mis-routing issues.
  • Automated kernel error message extraction to help keep klog test in sync with kernel.
  • Need to target fwts on the server side, so build bootable image without the need for a desktop.
  • Dump/validate EFI_SYSTEM_TABLE (signature 0x5453595320494249)

And for discussion:

Integration/Usage with checkbox like test tools and general QA usage

Identifying BIOS/ACPI/UEFI issues recorded in LaunchPad and constructing tests to check for these.

Release Note

This should not have any impact on the release notes.


Need to extend the test suite to cater for new uEFI firmware.



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This section should describe a plan of action (the "how") to implement the changes discussed. Could include subsections like:

Unresolved issues

This should highlight any issues that should be addressed in further specifications, and not problems with the specification itself; since any specification with problems cannot be approved.

BoF agenda and discussion

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KernelTeam/Specs/hardware-kernel-o-fwts-enhancements (last edited 2011-09-16 14:19:05 by colin-king)