Canonical Renews the Ubuntu Certification Programme

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Canonical announced today that it has extended and revised its Hardware Certification Programme for OEMs and ODMs

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced today that it has extended and revised its Hardware Certification Programme for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs). Canonical has made the changes to better align certification with the manufacturer's needs and also to encompass the broader spectrum of use cases for Ubuntu as it becomes a more established part of the OEM ecosystem.

"As Ubuntu is increasingly becoming an option for many OEMs on many devices, we have been very pleased to extend the programme to better suit their growing requirements," said Chris Kenyon, VP OEM Services & Alliances, Canonical. "The programme is simplified and will be more easily understood by the industry as they look to embrace and profit from Ubuntu as part of their product range."

The Hardware Certification Programme serves as a starting point for OEMs who want to become authorised to pre-install Ubuntu and to redistribute the Ubuntu trademarks on a commercial basis. It has grown to encompass peripherals as part of the new 'Works with Ubuntu' programme, allowing OEMs to offer printers, scanners, USB devices and other peripherals to their customers with confidence. Also new is the Ubuntu Compatible Component programme which will provide ODMs with a pick list of components to build new systems from, significantly reducing the time and cost of building Ubuntu-certified systems.

The Hardware Certification Programme now has three elements:

'Ubuntu Certified' allows manufacturers to submit systems to be certified to Canonical's testing facility, where certification testing and validation are performed by Canonical engineers.

'Ubuntu Ready' (formerly 'Ubuntu Compatible') allows manufacturers to self-test using a check box test suite, and submit results to Canonical for validation.

'Ubuntu Compatible Component' is a new service whereby a component internal to a system has been validated as Ubuntu Certified by Canonical.

The programme continues to grow in importance and is already in use by a number of manufacturers globally, now including Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops and ThinkCentre desktops.

Useful links:
A current Validated hardware listing.

The very latest hardware and OEM Partner certification portal.

Pricing is available by contacting Canonical at oem@canonical.com.

About Canonical
Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit http://www.canonical.com.

Contact: Joseph Eckert, Baker Communications Group, 203-270-3711, canonical@bakercg.com

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