Ubuntu Certification 101 – BIOS

Last week, at UDS, I was asked several questions about how Ubuntu Certification worked. I decided I would start a set of blog posts about several aspects of the certification programme, for people willing to know a bit more about how we test and what.

One of the most confusing bits about Ubuntu Certification are BIOS options. In several ocassions I was asked the questions whether UEFI (with and without Secure Boot) was going to be added as part of Ubuntu Certification or not.

The answer is both yes and no. I will explain it a bit more in detail.

In Ubuntu Certification we don’t test BIOS options, nor we change them. We try to install Ubuntu with what it comes with the system from factory, and it needs to work up to a certification level using those options. That means that if it is using Legacy BIOS, we will be testing Legacy BIOS, if it comes with UEFI without Secure Boot, that is what we will be testing. If it comes with Secure Boot enabled, Ubuntu will need to install out of the box with the keys already in that system.

From 12.10 we have started to parse the BIOS information as part of the testing process:

We will be updating the public certification site to show that information there as well.

Same thing for BIOS options. We test with factory default options, and only those. The goal of doing this is that Ubuntu Certified systems should provide and out-of-the-box Ubuntu experience. In some cases, tweaking BIOS options can improve the situation for non working systems, but that is something we don’t want to acept for Ubuntu Certification.


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