Linked by Rahul on Tue 9th Dec 2008 10:39 UTC
Linux Smolt is a hardware profiler developed by Fedora Project to enable users to submit their hardware profiles during installation. Smolt, like PackageKit from Fedora is also a distribution neutral tool and collects stats anonymously and sends it to a central database . The tool is also completely opt-in and guarantees your privacy. While openSUSE has been including Smolt in their repositories for sometime, they have now taken next step and added installer integration to it. There is also a call for other distributions to participate in this effort instead of reinventing the wheel. "Smolt is a project started by Fedora to collect information about the hardware that is used with computers running Linux. We at (open-)SUSE were seeing this demand as well and also were discussing a solution. But it became clear quite quickly that it does not make sense to have a per-distro solution for that - if we want to have momentum with a hardware database a combined effort promises the most."
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it is reinventing
by dexter11 on Tue 9th Dec 2008 22:13 UTC
dexter11
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2008-01-11

http://hardware4linux.info/ is there for some time. Smolts IS reinventing the wheel.

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RE: it is reinventing
by Rahul on Wed 10th Dec 2008 10:32 UTC in reply to "it is reinventing"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Smolt collects way more information and has a huge number of profiles. Just look at the stats. Mandriva was looking into adopting Smolt as well, the last time I talked to them.

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not new - just different
by poohgee on Wed 10th Dec 2008 02:01 UTC
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2005-08-13

openSuSE has included the ability to send the hardware profile as feedback via Yast Online Update for several releases now ,as far as i can remember .

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