This specification is obsoleted by AboutThisDevice.


To make Ubuntu more polished and easier to support, it will have an About box that displays the Ubuntu version and basic information about the system.


People are used to "About Name of Program" showing a window that gives the software version details, and copyright info. Since many people do not distinguish between the computer and the operating system, other operating systems also include in their About box basic info about the computer the system is running on. Ubuntu should be just as polished.

Use cases


Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.



AboutUbuntu should be implemented as a small pygtk program.

dmidecode cannot supply the information about the computer, because it requires administrator access. Therefore:

Current bugs

Data preservation and migration


This "About Box" could also include a button "Generate System Report". As newbies often are asked to add system details like their sources.list, lspci, lsmod and the like, they tend to have a hard time gathering these information. Maybe they could select/unselect the appropriate radio buttons for the config file they want to be exported?