During any Typical KDE Installation, after the Internet Connectivity is
established, a contact with a "Novell Server"
and then the users First update Server Repositories is created.
With the first time connection to "The Novell Server", a Hardware
Profile of the PC is sent by default. If the user
has a Retail version of OpenSuse, the optional Registration code is also
sent, which auto updates the
users Novell Profile which has a list of Novell Registered Programs,
Support/Training Sessions attended,
preferences for Novell Magazines etc. etc..
My query related to only the default Hardware Profile that is sent to
the 'Novell Servers" before the first allocation
of an update Repository. A Gnome installation is different in that a
smolt program is installed and the Hardware collection details
are different and the information is held on smolt.org
We must have access to thousands of users Hardware Profile Information,
and more importantly, specific information
on Video Cards, Processors, Chipset, Sound Cards, NIC's and other bus
With so much information available, do we use this information to
consider Compatibility Issues. We should know in advance
everything related to Video Cards trends, NIC trends, Sound trends,
Blu-tooth, etc.. etc.. etc..
Do we use this information to help us develop new releases of software
where a compatibility issue may arise in the future
as we make changes to product? What is done with the data, and do we
know where in Novell, It resides?
I would think this information would be a huge tool in helping combat
compatibility issues as we should know what
hardware out there people are using our software on.
The implication to Video ATI / Nvida Build Services for 1, would be
invaluable, let alone the whole products development.
Thanks Scott - Sorry for the Long message, but I cannot put this in 1