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  • #16
    What I'd like to see:

    Continue with Wayland cover.
    Lxqt, Enlightenment and more not so popular DE and WM.
    More technical articles about some parts of Linux, not just news on how many FPS we get when we run OpenArena.

    What I dont wanna see:

    So much Ubuntu-related shit.

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    • #17
      The benchmark I'd like to see is how LLVMpipe compares to OpenGL passthrough in virtual machines.

      For example, in my testing LLVMpipe seemed to be on par with VirtualBox 3D acceleration. I'd like to know if that's true and whether VMware is any better.

      I've been a Phoronix Premium subscriber in the past but you had to go to the forums first to activate the benefits each and every time, and nobody seemed to read the premium forums anyway. Since then I keep switching the ad blocker on and off - off when a really interesting article come along and on when ads get too distracting and annoying. Switched it off starting now, let's see how it goes...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by ArthurBorsboom View Post
        I would like to see a performance test with different desktops, for example.

        Unity
        Gnome
        KDE
        Cinnamon
        Mate
        XFCE
        Razor-Qt
        LXDE
        LXDE-Qt (= LXQT)
        It has been done in the past:

        6-Way Linux Desktop 2D/3D Performance Comparison [12 March 2014] Unity 7.1.2, Xfce 4.10, KDE 4.12.3, LXDE 0.6.1, GNOME Shell 3.10.4, Openbox 3.5.2

        8-Way Desktop Comparison [22 June 2013] Unity 7.0.0, Xfce 4.10, KDE 4.10.4, GNOME Shell 3.8.3, LXDE 0.5.12, Openbox 3.5.0, Razor-Qt 0.5.2

        Desktop Comparison: 6 Desktops, 5 Driver/GPU Combinations [13 December 2012] Unity 6.6.0, GNOME Shell 3.6.2, GNOME Classic 3.6.2, KDE Plasma 4.9.90, Xfce 4.10, LXDE 0.5.11

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        • #19
          Disabling ad blocker didn't go well. I want ads like this gone, please. Until then I have to keep the ad blocker up.

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          • #20
            I try to disable my adblocker and click on your ads from times to times but I'm really not having a good time browsing Phoronix with ads. They slow down my Firefox to a crawl and some (read: way too many) of them are distracting and/or targetting idiots. I wouldn't click on some of those even if you paid me to.

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            • #21
              Chromebook comparisons would be great.

              Also, APU comparisons from Intel and AMD (not that I want a flamewar).

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              • #22
                Quality over quantity.

                More accuracy: For example, your last "GPU comparison" was not a GPU comparison at all, but rather a snapshot of open source driver performance on different GPUs

                Less bullshit to reach a higher word-count: For example, added themes and backgrounds are not a feature, IMHO not even noteworthy, unless there is significant change (like Ubuntu putting the window buttons left back in the time)

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                • #23
                  I'd like see an announcement, that AMD and nVidia open sourced their drivers, and that get full Wayland support in doing so.
                  And that there's a phenomenal DE with a full Wayland implementation released.
                  And a sound server that doesn't start making crackling noises.
                  And finalized OpenGL 4.4 on MESA.

                  Also I'd like to see cats doing backflips, whilst dressed as a ninja.

                  Please make that happen.


                  Seriously though, I like all the benchmarks. I'd love to see a clock for clock comparison between Nouveau and nVidia drivers again. People will once again argue that it doesn't take bottlenecks at higher loads into consideration, and they're right, I still find it interesting though, if they perform the same, given the same conditions.
                  There's more, but I can't remember it right now - but I'll be back!

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                  • #24
                    Some ideas
                    • Android vs Ubuntu vs Fedora vs Chrome OS on 64-bit Intel or AMD. Performance, web apps benchmarks, power consumption for normal usage scenario (web browser, YouTube, Skype etc). Also on ARM platform (eg Android vs Fedora etc all on same ARM, not ARM vs x86).
                    • More distribution/desktop benchmark factors: recent benchmarks have focused on CPU, OpenGL, instant power draw, and disk performance. Some others to consider: boot time, power management heat+battery tests for normal usage scenario eg "surf the web over wifi with regular coffee breaks and 60m pause for lunch until the battery dies or uses some fixed power", "power while watching YouTube and using Skype" etc. Something like an updated Power & Memory Usage Of GNOME, KDE, LXDE & Xfce.
                      Everyone just assumes that, for a normal person going about daily tasks, Android/OS X/Window kills Linux distribution/desktops in battery life - it would be nice to see actual figures, so when people say that OS X gets "15 hours of battery life" we could respond "So does Linux.".
                    • Benchmarks of the latest desktops - for desktop benchmarks, someone inevitably comments "oh, poor performance was bug #12345, that was fixed upstream 8 months ago". Would it be possible to build from source/use PPAs/Gentoo/whatever to test the very latest upstream source?
                    • There have been hints that the ultimate plan for Phoronix is continuous automated benchmarking. Would be interesting to read an article on how the whole test lab is being put together, what hardware and software is being used for automated installs, power up/down, etc, any problems, how long till completed.
                    • Wifi benchmark: use uperf or something, use native wifi and/or stick a load of wifi adaptors into a USB hub, and compare. Vary the error rate (wrap the AP antenna in tin foil?).
                    • Mir vs Wayland vs Xorg :-) Is it possible to run GTK/QT benchmarks on all yet?

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                    • #25
                      my suggestions to improve this site:
                      1. write title of the thread in the green panel of every issued post near the date (so to let user to check suddenly the argument opening more tables of the phoronix forum);
                      2. modify phoronix LOGO inverting colors green/white (so to be identified quickly in the preferred bar).
                      Last edited by Azrael5; 04-23-2014, 09:44 AM.

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                      • #26
                        I would like to see less Ubuntu and more SteamOS.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by mendieta View Post
                          Chromebook comparisons would be great.

                          Also, APU comparisons from Intel and AMD (not that I want a flamewar).
                          This.

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                          • #28
                            I'd like to see more coverage of video decode acceleration (and benchmarks focused on it).

                            Examples:
                            - Nvidia VDPAU vs. open source Radeon VDPAU vs. Intel VA-API
                            - State of nouveau VDPAU (with/without binary firmware)
                            - State of HTML5 video playback in different browsers

                            Basically, I'm not a "gamer" and I get disappointed to see the same 3D benchmarks over and over again...

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                            • #29
                              I concur that your writing style could stand some polish as mark_ pointed out.

                              On the topic of articles, I would like to see more of:

                              - ubuntu and her major undertakings, mir and ubuntu touch. If and when it becomes possible benchmarks of ubuntu touch would be nice.

                              - ARM development, particular in the server space.

                              - Community initiatives to bring polished software to GNU/Linux (Yorba calender being a good example)

                              - Who can get enough APU and kernel benchmarks?

                              As a final note, the photo essay you did a few years back at Chernobyl was fantastic. Is there a chance of more to come after you've sorted out your leaky roof?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                                Quality over quantity.
                                Again, that isn't possible to write less articles and just put more polishing into articles... Not until there's less AdBlockers, more high quality Linux advertisements available, more premium subscribers, etc.
                                Michael Larabel
                                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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