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  • #31
    I like Phoronix and read it daily (with no adblock ) in spite of the obvious flaws - sensationalist headlines, too many intralinks, some benchmarking for benchmarking's sake and Valve/Steam on Linux (boy that cried wolf much?).

    I would also like to see more "modern" games tested even if it excludes the open drivers, or maybe compile mesa with S3TC and floating point extension? And my number one wish is to see Blender 2.5 included in PTS and your articles, and how that runs with closed/open Nvidia GeForce/Quadro, AMD Radeon/FirePro and Intel, especially now with the crippled OpenGL performance on Fermi GeForce cards (and hopefully push Nvidia to fix their driver!)

    Other than that, thanks for running this site! You really carved out a niche here that is very valuable, so if you can think about the obvious flaws above, I/we don't have to feel bad every time someone refers to this site as "Moronix", which is not (always) deserved.

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    • #32
      Frankly, I would really like to see some new writers come on board. I appreciate your dedication Michael and I find Phoronix a valuable resource despite the painfulness of reading it, but please consider switching to a position where you find stories more than you author them. The writing on Phoronix is quite poor. I am sure there are many OK writers that would be willing to contribute at least occasionally to Phoronix if Michael assigned them stories.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by cookiecaper View Post
        Frankly, I would really like to see some new writers come on board. I appreciate your dedication Michael and I find Phoronix a valuable resource despite the painfulness of reading it, but please consider switching to a position where you find stories more than you author them. The writing on Phoronix is quite poor. I am sure there are many OK writers that would be willing to contribute at least occasionally to Phoronix if Michael assigned them stories.
        Believe me, I want to get out of an editorial position asap.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #34
          Journalism.

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          • #35
            Would like to see a mobile version of the site and forums.

            I realize the extra work involved with design would probably make it a premium subscriber feature, but it would be a nice addition to promote it.

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            • #36
              TA-Spring benchmark profile to drop out the Quake3 engine off the news.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
                TA-Spring benchmark profile to drop out the Quake3 engine off the news.
                You or anyone else is welcome to submit test profiles....
                Michael Larabel
                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Michael View Post
                  You or anyone else is welcome to submit test profiles....
                  next after learning how to do such a stuff.

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                  • #39
                    - A wine vs Windows with DirectX games (not only OpenGL) would be great.

                    - A conclusion paragraph in every tests !

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                    • #40
                      I would love to read articles that go straight to the point instead of repeating, usually in the first paragraph, what previous and sometimes unrelated articles said. This is very serious. In general, I would like less verbose articles.

                      Regarding the charts/graphs. Units on both graphs' axis would be great. And colours that are easy to distinguish (not "dark green", "dark blue" and "dark red" on "bright white".) And not alternating between "lower is better" and "higher is better". And not changing the order of tested products between one graph and the other (not sure if you do all of that though, sorry if I'm wrong.)

                      I would also like a reduced emphasis on very recent and/or future hardware (i.e. "Ivy/Sandy bridge") and more on hardware that is in use by more people.

                      And maybe tests made on something else than Ubuntu, something lighter/faster. Not sure which one, but something built for i686 maybe.

                      Edit: and benchmarks of Windows games under Wine, yeah. Trackmania has a benchmark thing, maybe it's scriptable...

                      Edit 2: and less speculation (Steam, Linux 3.0...)
                      Last edited by stqn; 05-30-2011, 09:25 AM.

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                      • #41
                        As I like the site very much, I also agree with the above mentioned opinions that phoronix needs more journalism, more writers, maybe some more activism about some of the things proclaimed here.
                        Personally I would like to see benchmarks with proprietary drivers and some more complex games like Doom 3, Quake 4, Prey and other native in Linux, as they will become more frequent, even if some of them can't be found today, maybe some activism on that too, as there is no logical reason for not selling these games today. Trine and Shadowgrounds are good examples for that.
                        The same idea with some of the more stable titles in top 25 platinum games in winehq, like those with platinum in the latest stable wine release.
                        And thank you for your commitment, enthusiasm and hard work over your openbenchmarking idea!

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                        • #42
                          How about some benchmarks between equivalent (or as close to equivalent as they can get) CPU models of the Intel Atom, VIA Nano, and AMD Fusion?

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by cl333r View Post
                            1) .deb installer for Ubuntu of latest phoronix benchmarking test suite from site.
                            I would suggest you take a look at http://open-build-service.org/ it can build for a lot of systems and highly automated, so you can offer rpm or deb or whatever else there is

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                            • #44
                              a few thoughts, maybe I'll have more later on

                              * Less fixation on Ubuntu.
                              * better login support for Premium Membership
                              * Michael gets VIA kicked to release specs and a decent free driver (I can still dream)
                              * all games will also be published in a Linux native version (c'mon!)
                              * not too much layout changes. Maybe even though there might be possible improvement here or there I got used to it and I kinda like it as it is now
                              * maybe a few more Hardware tests? And not just in terms of pure benchmarking, more like running at all (though there'd be the question if that collides with e.g. tuxmobile etc.)
                              * less speculation, more facts


                              * Michael starts to drink beer from the region of Saxony (.de, adjacent to Bavaria) and Bohemia (.cz, same for this) too.
                              (the Bermuda triangle of beer)

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                              • #45
                                benchmarks for OS performance

                                Most of the Phoronix benchmarks compare the efficiency of application code and compilers, i.e. newer releases compared to older releases. The OS performance is not being measured. By OS "performance" I mean the effectiveness of the OS in getting the best overall performance when running competing processes contending for resources, not when running one application for a benchmark of that application. I often notice that an interactive process (GUI or keyboard) that uses very little resources will have poor responsiveness when other (batch) processes have saturated the CPU or disk bandwidth. A good OS scheduler would boost the priority of a low-resource process (basically a human-bound process using little CPU or disk capacity). The ability of an OS to remain responsive under load is one measure of OS quality. I would like to see some measure of this for the Linux kernel and others (BSD, Apple, Windows, Andriod). This is no trivial task. A "standard load mix" of contending processes would have to be developed along with a standard interactive process to measure. The benchmark would measure the overall throughput of the standard load mix as well as the responsiveness of the interactive process.

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