hardware-kernel-o-fwts-enhancements

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Items for discussion:

 * Ways to get greater adoption of fwts - what can we do better?
 * Deficiencies and issues with current version
 * Features that need including.
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This should not have any impact on the release notes. New features implemented this cycle:

wmi: check for known GUIDs
s3power: check power loss during suspend.
Add unique IDs for failed tests messages.
Bootable ISO image (non-desktop, so works for server checking)
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Need to extend the test suite to cater for new uEFI firmware.

== Assumptions ==

== Design ==

You can have subsections that better describe specific parts of the issue.
Need to extend the test suite to cater for new UEFI firmware.
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== Unresolved issues == == Unresolved issues (as of 16/09/2011) ==
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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. The original plan was to port the fwts framework to UEFI and plug in UEFI specific tests. However, we now see that the BITS project may be a good platform to get a grub2 UEFI bootable image to plug in UEFI specific protocol tests. This has been postponed for Oneiric and should be re-visitied for Oneiric+1.

Summary

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.

Items for discussion:

  • Ways to get greater adoption of fwts - what can we do better?
  • Deficiencies and issues with current version
  • Features that need including.

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

New features implemented this cycle:

wmi: check for known GUIDs s3power: check power loss during suspend. Add unique IDs for failed tests messages. Bootable ISO image (non-desktop, so works for server checking)

Rationale

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

Implementation

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

Unresolved issues (as of 16/09/2011)

The original plan was to port the fwts framework to UEFI and plug in UEFI specific tests. However, we now see that the BITS project may be a good platform to get a grub2 UEFI bootable image to plug in UEFI specific protocol tests. This has been postponed for Oneiric and should be re-visitied for Oneiric+1.

BoF agenda and discussion

Use this section to take notes during the BoF; if you keep it in the approved spec, use it for summarising what was discussed and note any options that were rejected.


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