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    Phoronix: What Would You Like To See Next From Phoronix?

    With there just being seven days until Phoronix turns seven years old, it's time for an annual review. Aside from the ongoing what would you like to see next, your feedback is welcome regarding other improvements you would like to see made...

  • #2
    a flattr button may be a good idea.


    • #3

      like for fedora 15, debian 6, ubuntu lts, redhat6, centos, freebsd and archlinux


      • #4
        Originally posted by Cosmin View Post
        like for fedora 15, debian 6, ubuntu lts, redhat6, centos, freebsd and archlinux
        Add Illumos, openbsd, netbsd and dragonfly to that list

        and if possible, some odder operating systems like Hurd, Minix and Plan9 :P


        • #5
          1) .deb installer for Ubuntu of latest phoronix benchmarking test suite from site.
          2) A (much) more intuitive and faster/easier solution for novice users (regarding the benchmarking test suite) on what to download, how to install, how to run a benchmark, which ones are available. Currently one has to read (tedious) documentation here and there, the installer I tried out like a month or 2 ago didn't even install on Ubuntu (10.10), the one Ubuntu ships with - is too old, and when I managed to install the latest one from the site - it told me I needed to install some other packages for it to work properly and then get some benchmarks from somewhere else to run them.. I mean it's not as easy and quick to get up and running as it should be, as Ubuntu is. To be massively successful imo one should strive to be as easy and quick to get up and running as possible (like Ubuntu).
          Other than that, imo phoronix is the best linux news source, among other things because it doesn't feature articles like "top 5 reasons why bla-bla is better than bla-bla" and because while being rather technical it uses a language which non-tech savvy folks can understand (and because unlike slashdot it isn't involved in political propaganda).
          Last edited by cl333r; 05-29-2011, 08:48 AM.


          • #6
            PhoroniX Radio - Linux news and Death Metal. This is what I need.


            • #7
              a scorecard section to more easily draw the "witness portrait" of my next laptop

              Hello Michael,

              Your site is awesome : it gives bleeding edge informations on a given technology or software...
              But when the moment of a global hardware purchase comes, I struggle, and I think Phoronix could perhaps make my live easier.

              For example :
              . your site gives some "measure/facts" I don't find elsewhere, but paradoxally, I can only use it only as a qualitative information, because I have difficulties to use them for my bigger picture.
              . as a "screaming for silent laptops" user, I Look for the best "non-gamer" ratio, which would be, let say :
              "euros (sum of the components "HDD+RAM+CPU+battery")"
              *"wi-fi surfing up-time"
              /"boot time"
              /"weight" (sum of the components ..)
              /"max(components noise)",

              ==> Suggestion : Could Phoronix provide a sort of scorecard section (watt, euros, weight, boot time effect) on components it tests, so users could compute their optimal "bill-of-components" indicator on a spreadsheet (or web spreadsheet) ?

              Ideal situation :
              - I define my "ideal" ratio,
              - I print the "weighted top 10" combinations that Phoronix provides me,
              - then I go with that shopping list compass on my usual shop/webshop.
              ==> Phoronix provides me a digestible information
              ==> Phoronix gets more visitors traffic
              ==> Hardware manufacturer can get some "visitors ratio" indications from Phoronix to optimize their value proposition
              ==> It wouldn't require more work from the redactors than today as it's just rough summary datas.


              • #8
                - benchmark more interesting games like ETQW, TA Spring, Unreal Tournament 2004.

                - collect funds to pay freelance developpers in order to improve the free drivers. For example: collect 2000 $ to implement a specific functionnality in r600g.


                • #9
                  Couple of things.

                  Cosmetic changes:
                  -First thing to do is fix the background. The transition from white to grey is broken. It goes a little like white... light grey... drank gray bar (few pixels long) and then a little lighter grey for the rest. This bad transition annoys me every time I look at the homepage.
                  -Second thing to fix is letting the forums have the same color scheme. Make everything as dark as the main page (my eyes are bleeding from the white).
                  -Round edges around everything. This is basically also like Slashdot. It's easyer on the brain.

                  Functional changes:
                  -Seperate rumor/speculation/inside info box (below news box). I enjoy rumors, but some people hate it.
                  -Login box on the main page like Slashdot.
                  -A direct link to the YouTube page below the embedded video. I use VLC now instead of Flash. I need a direct URL for VLC streaming.

                  -AMD FLOSS Vs. Catalyst graph corner, with daily changes so you can compare performance and see how propietary and FLOSS progress/regress. This would be very cool. Maybe include daily nVidia blob Vs. Nouveau and even Intel to the mix. This would be a very cool performance tracker to check out on a daily basis
                  -Consistant test result lookup. Have a simple OpenBenchmarking integration corner so you can easly requist information about how different HW stacks up against each other and how peorformance goes up per time.

                  What not to change:
                  Everything else. I like Phoronix
                  Last edited by V!NCENT; 05-29-2011, 09:39 AM.


                  • #10
                    honestly i don't think very much needs to change. i do think the forums need the same graphical appearance as the home page, but thats about it.

                    i would also prefer more articles that compare competing products within the same performance or price range, and more articles comparing windows products (such as windows itself or ntfs). so for example, compare an nvidia gtx 460 with an amd hd5750. i don't expect such tests to be done often because i understand this takes twice as long to write an article, but it helps give us more depth of comparison.


                    • #11
                      WebGL support on Phoronix benchmark suit.
                      Now, with WebGL available on Firefox 4 and Google Chrome, it is possible to test peoples computers without need to install any software.
                      My suggestion is to get an array of WebGL benchmarks in a webpage, ask people to run them on their systems and submit an report, with useful information.
                      In my opinion, WebGL is the quickest way to publish high quality games on as many platforms as possible. I think that Phoronix should help Google, Mozilla and others to support this technology.
                      Another point is that benchmarking WebGL is a great way to fast improve the graphics stack on Linux, since it is based on OpenGL and publishers don't need to care about the platform issues.


                      • #12
                        postgresql, apache, php, python, nginx benchmarks

                        Originally posted by Cosmin View Post
                        like for fedora 15, debian 6, ubuntu lts, redhat6, centos, freebsd and archlinux
                        forgot to mention that I would be interested in postgresql, apache, php, python, nginx benchmarks



                        • #13
                          Recommended boxes

                          I like the quarterly or so feature in Ars Technica where they recommend the components for three machines (Budget Box, Hot Rod, God Box).

                          I would like to see you do something similar but with a "best Linux compatibility" angle, and also include laptops - eg the cheapest possible as well as a more expensive full featured laptop.

                          It is still very difficult these days to recommend a machine to people for Linux so being able to point them to one of your articles hitting a few price points and form factors would go a long way.


                          • #14
                            Here's a bit of an off-the-wall suggestion

                            Phoronix could evolve into a site that tries to pair up budding developers, college students and the like with companies hiring people to work on "the Free Desktop" (speaking generically). That means projects like: Gnome, Mesa, KDE, PulseAudio, D-Bus, Systemd, GStreamer, FFmpeg, Chrome, Firefox, etc.

                            To sum it up in a few words, it would be "a clone specifically targeted towards commercial employment opportunities to work on the Free Desktop".

                            The problem with generic sites like is that they have no ability to capture the in-depth subtleties of people who specifically want to work on Free Software as a job. As part of the resume data entry process, an employment-candidate should be able to input fields such as (these are just examples off the top of my head):
                            • List any Open Source projects you have contributed to. The web interface for this question would have the following fields, with the option to add an arbitrary number of entries.
                              • Name: The name of the project.
                              • Project URL: The project's homepage or developer site on Sourceforge, etc.
                              • What is your role in the project?: Drop-down box with selections "Primary developer/maintainer", "Contributor", "One-off". Primary developer means you wrote massive swaths of the code; Contributor means you have submitted more than a few patches but none of the primary features; One-off means you contributed something, but it was a one-time deal.
                              • Patch URLs: A text area where you can link as many patch URLs as you like, providing a direct reference to the work you contributed that got accepted to mainline (or your own fork, which is OK too). This field should be hidden if the entrant selected "Primary developer/maintainer", as that would imply that most/all of the contributions would be from the entrant. The instructions should encourage the entrant to list only the top 5 most significant / most involved patches, if the contributor has made several dozens of patches or more. Each Patch URL should either be a mailing list permalink (gmane, etc) or a link to a gitweb/cgit/etc. web-based VCS viewing system which can show the details for an individual commit.
                            • List your open-source community references: This section allows you to insert references in an open-source friendly way: each reference requires only a Real Name, and an email or IRC handle and network, and a project role for the reference. Recruiters / hiring managers may opt to talk to these people about your open source work. Ideally, people should only list as references those who are significant contributors or primary maintainers of open source projects, and who have had multiple interactions with the entrant regarding a patch that the entrant has authored. Or, if the entrant is the primary maintainer, then a reference could be someone else who is also significantly involved in entrant's project.
                            • What is your preference for how your work with the company will be licensed?: This question would have a dropdown containing entries such as "No Preference"; "Prefer Copyleft license"; "Prefer BSD license"; "Require Copyleft license"; "Require BSD license"; "Prefer any open source license"; "Require any open source license". This is to allow the entrant to only receive calls/emails from companies that'd be willing to license entrant's on-the-job work under a license that entrant is comfortable with. As an alternative to the dropdown, you could provide a multi-select checkbox array and list all the common licenses, with a "Select All" to indicate that the entrant doesn't care. Include "Proprietary" as a blanket license type indicating closed-source software, but for the open-source licenses, you'd actually list: LGPL2, LGPL3, GPL2, GPL3, BSD, etc.
                            • Which open source technologies are you most familiar with as a user?: This question would present a long list of known major open source projects and technologies, including developer programs, and allow the entrant to select the ones they are familiar with. You could do something like limit the selection to 10, to indicate the top 10 most familiar. Provide optional write-in field for technologies not listed. Example technologies: Linux (the kernel), bash, git, bzr, gcc, Apache, Glassfish, rpm, Eclipse, etc. Note: This question is about technologies that the entrant has used, but not contributed to. Example: If you are a sysadmin for Apache web servers, you've used it. If you submit a patch written in C to the Apache project, you've contributed to it. Contributions go in the question above; usage experience goes in this question. By "user" I don't necessarily mean "end user" -- these can be very developer-oriented programs, like gcc. But the point is that you have significant experience with operating the program to perform its intended function.

                            Other than these very targeted fields that only really apply to sysadmins and developers looking for FOSS jobs, you would also include the standard fields. To get a sense of what these standard fields are, fill out a resume for free at; they actually have a fairly good UI for that. They want things like places where you've worked, your education background, contact info, academic achievements, blah blah blah. We care about those too, but we also need specific information about your open source work, which is where a specialist site can fill the niche.

                            Basically, developing a site like this would be a logical extension of Michael's skills as a web developer, and would enable the FOSS community to directly data-mine the employable market of FOSS developers who want to get paid to work on FOSS (or merely work with FOSS, as the case may be). The site would not require that employers are contributing to open source, but the criterion would be that the employer should at least use significant amounts of open source software. Perhaps you could set up the pricing plan so that companies who are hiring developers to contribute directly to a publicly-available FOSS project would get into the system for free, but companies who are hiring developers to merely use FOSS would have to pay a fee. This would be a similar model to Github, which gives you a free repo if you license FOSS, but charges an arm and a leg if you want to go proprietary. Extend this logic to a searchable, indexed clone geared specifically to capturing the data that FOSS employers and FOSS employees care about.

                            Go forth and do it, Mr. Larabel! I know you can, and I really hope you find this idea as exciting as I do.


                            • #15
                              Update as much as twitter

                              I'd like to see Phoronix updated on as much as twitter. Depending on how you post this can be very easy to keep the both updated and sync them (I think has an option builtin). Oh and do the same contests there...