HAL Device Manager is hard to use

Bug #86191 reported by Carthik Sharma
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
hal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: hal-device-manager

Hal device manager is hard to use - I am unable to find the Make of the CPU (AMD Turion(tm) 64 Mobile Technology ML-32) or the Speed of the CPU from the HAL device manager.

It would be great if the HAL device manager produced a hirearchical overview of the computer in Human-friendly language, like the command lshw does.

For finding the Make and Speed of my cpu in lshw, I don't have to look too far :)

See http://carthik.net/files/acer-5003.html for the output of lshw.

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Oumar Aziz OUATTARA (wattazoum) wrote :


I agree with that, and it should be submitted in wishlist. That would be good to have it in feisty.

lshw : http://www.flickr.com/photos/60765994@N00/396197264

hal-device-manager : http://www.flickr.com/photos/60765994@N00/396197240

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

The immediate problem of identifying CPU type and speed could be solved by packaging and shipping About Window <https://launchpad.net/about-window> as a replacement for the existing "About Ubuntu" menu item. (Disclosure: I designed About Window.)

The problem of Device Manager being difficult to use is a much more general one -- it is probably better addressed by a proper design process, including talking with the people involved in Ubuntu hardware certification (since they probably use it most).

Martin Pitt (pitti)
Changed in hal:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
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dino99 (9d9) wrote :

outdated & inactive

Changed in hal (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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