I recently wrote here about our changes to the certification website, and I alluded to the fact that it was a significant step in aligning our website infrastructure. One of the consequences of this change is the Ubuntu Component Catalogue.
First of all, let me apologise if you had tried to access the catalogue this week and have experience problems. Since we did the press release, we have been a bit overwhelmed by the amount of interest in the Ubuntu Component Catalogue (UCC). The increased traffic did impact the performance of the certification pages. Thanks to Marc Tardiff, we have now rolled out key improvements that ensure a fast and responsive user experience.
So how is UCC populated? Canonical works with OEM/ODMs to enable and test their latest systems with Ubuntu. This means that we get access to a large pool of the computer components available in the market. Over the last 3 years, we have gathered the component information of devices that we’ve tested. In 2010 we decided that this data would be of interest to the community and we kicked off a project to release it. Today, we are sharing with the community results for close to 2,000 components.
Part of the technical work was to securely expose our internal certification database via the Ubuntu.com site. We have also taken the opportunity to change the infrastructure behind Ubuntu.com/certification. This has allowed us to roll-out a new navigation system for the certification site.
If you have any ideas, feedback or found something that is not working quite right, please let us know!