Canonical release Certified Component & PC Catalogs

Feb 11th, 2011No Comments

How many times have you ever been asked which components or complete systems will work properly with Linux? .. Well the answers may have just become easier to find, at least for Ubuntu.

Canonical (the company behind the Ubuntu project) have just released its Component Catalog , a database of more than 1300 components from 161 manufacturers that are “certified” to work with Ubuntu. The searchable database can be viewed by manufacturer or component type.

They have also released a searchable Ubuntu-certified hardware database of Laptops, Desktops, Servers, and Netbooks that have “all been awarded the status of Certified or Ready for Ubuntu”.

The Canonical news announcement reads:

LONDON, February 10, 2011 — Canonical today announced that for the first time it was making publicly available its complete database of certified components for Ubuntu and Linux — rapidly reducing the the time-to-market for Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) working on Ubuntu or Linux machines.

The catalogue gives ODMs a selection of over 1300 certified components from 161 manufacturers, making it the largest list of Linux-compatible components available. It takes advantage of Canonical’s position at the heart of the server and PC industry, which enables the company to get components first as it deals globally with a huge range of manufacturers.

“There has not been a comprehensive, up-to-date freely available catalog like this for a long time,” said Victor Palau, Platform Services Manager at Canonical. “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.”

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.

The database is available at

It builds on the work that the Ubuntu project has already done to list certified machines across the range of active releases of Ubuntu.Certified complete machines can be found at

External Links

Component Catalog
Ubuntu-certified hardware

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