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    Phoronix: A Few PTS Desktop Live 2009.4 Details

    With Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 now in beta and this update offering a nice set of features with the official release landing in late November or December (chances are the third week of November), it's time to start talking about the PTS Desktop Live update. PTS Desktop Live, the Linux distribution that we designed to carry out automated Linux benchmarking from a LiveDVD environment that launched in conjunction with Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, will receive its first update shortly. We haven't talked much about this update yet as it's still undergoing extensive work and design, but obviously it will be shipping with Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 "Bardu" for its testing framework...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzY1NQ

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    I hope the GUI version will work out of the box?

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    • #3
      The GUI version should always work out of the box with PTS Desktop Live... It does right now with 2009.3 and will with 2009.4. The GUI is used by default there.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Michael View Post
        The GUI version should always work out of the box with PTS Desktop Live... It does right now with 2009.3 and will with 2009.4. The GUI is used by default there.
        Just a thought... The system tray icon on 2009.3... is it possible to get that under Fedora or any other distro for that matter... I enjoy having that little notification icon in the corner

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        • #5
          I think using the BFS scheduler is a bad idea: testing should be done with what users have/will have in the next round of distro updates, not with an experimental scheduler that might skew the results by improving some benchmarks and penalizing others, and that doesn't mirror what 99,9999999999% users will see.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by WhiteRabbit View Post
            Just a thought... The system tray icon on 2009.3... is it possible to get that under Fedora or any other distro for that matter... I enjoy having that little notification icon in the corner
            It should automatically show up when running "phoronix-test-suite gui", except for a few distributions that don't compile php-gtk with GtkStatusIcon support.

            Or if you are talking about those libnotify notifications, you can do that on any system without php-gtk by adding gui_gtk_events (I think that's what it's called in 2.0) to your LoadModules tag in ~/.phoronix-test-suite/user-config.xml
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #7
              Will 2009.4 also be around 1gbit? I have like loads of 700mb cd's laying around that i'm not using for anything. Burning random liveCD's is great fun for it

              I know you are dependant on ubuntu, but wasting a dvd is kinda wastefull. And since my biggest USB stick is only 1GB it would be my only option.


              Also, I've noticed the 2009.3 iso name was x86_64, meaning it'll only run on 64 bit CPU's? my IBM T42 may be ancient, but it still is very sweet (to me anyway) so are there any plans for a 32bit version?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by oliver View Post
                Will 2009.4 also be around 1gbit? I have like loads of 700mb cd's laying around that i'm not using for anything. Burning random liveCD's is great fun for it

                I know you are dependant on ubuntu, but wasting a dvd is kinda wastefull. And since my biggest USB stick is only 1GB it would be my only option.


                Also, I've noticed the 2009.3 iso name was x86_64, meaning it'll only run on 64 bit CPU's? my IBM T42 may be ancient, but it still is very sweet (to me anyway) so are there any plans for a 32bit version?
                It's highly unlikely that PTS Desktop Live will ever fit on a CD, right now the thinking is that 2009.4 will be about 1.2GB in size.

                Right now only x86_64 systems are targeted and it is unlikely that the desktop version will ever see 32-bit support. Though PTS Mobile Live would have 32-bit support.
                Michael Larabel
                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                • #9
                  Does anyone know where to get php-gtk packages for Debian and Ubuntu? I'm unable to use the GUI interface because of that problem (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic).

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                  • #10
                    64-bit PHP5-GTK for Ubuntu: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/m....1-0_amd64.deb

                    You will also need to add "extension=php_gtk2.so" to your /etc/php5/cli/php.ini after installing the package.
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Michael View Post
                      64-bit PHP5-GTK for Ubuntu: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/m....1-0_amd64.deb

                      You will also need to add "extension=php_gtk2.so" to your /etc/php5/cli/php.ini after installing the package.
                      Michael: you should definitely add a link for that package to the download section of the site; maybe even a x86 version or at least a source deb that can be used to compile it.

                      Just this week I installed PTS on a ubuntu pc to test the pc, and wanted to leave it with a shiny gui that I can show my friend, and gave up after all the confusing and outdated instructions on getting php5-gtk running on ubuntu.

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                      • #12
                        I think it's mentioned in the HTML documentation. I wish I had my build scripts still that I used to easily come up with that package, but I don't. I sure wish though php5-gtk would be more widely packaged...
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michael View Post
                          64-bit PHP5-GTK for Ubuntu: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/m....1-0_amd64.deb

                          You will also need to add "extension=php_gtk2.so" to your /etc/php5/cli/php.ini after installing the package.
                          Thanks a lot Michael. Guess I'll have to make some space and reinstall an amd64 partition...

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