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Phoronix Test Suite 4.2-Randaberg Officially Released

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Published on 20 December 2012 08:00 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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Version 4.2 of the Phoronix Test Suite open-source benchmarking software is now officially available. There's many new features to this quarterly update to this industry-leading cross-platform automated testing software.

Phoronix Test Suite 4.2, which is codenamed Randaberg, delivers on hardware and software detection improvements, can auto-determine relevant Linux benchmarks to run in our efforts for auto-driving benchmarks, and various other improvements.

Below is the full Phoronix Test Suite 4.2 change-log for this Q4'2012 update to the GPLv3-licensed benchmarking software. At the same time there's still more improvements going into OpenBenchmarking.org and the re-launch of our Linux LiveUSB/DVD environment for conducting hardware benchmarks on a completely standardized software environment. Expect more information in early 2013.

For commercial support or other business engagements, please contact us. The open-source Phoronix Test Suite software is available for free download from Phoronix-Test-Suite.com.

Phoronix Test Suite 4.4 will be released in the first quarter of 2013 under the "Forsand" codename.

Phoronix Test Suite 4.2.0-Randaberg
20 December 2012


- pts-core: Fix SVG render detection on Firefox/Gecko 17.0
- pts-core: Fix for breaking quoted args with internal spaces (reported by _rubio_)
- pts-core: Add glibc-static to build-utilities external dependency on Fedora
- pts-core: Fix for using the SKIP_TESTS environment variable causing a fatal error
- pts-core: Phoronix Test Suite 4.4 is codenamed Forsand
- phodevi: Improved detection of power consumption from batteries in certain Linux configurations

Phoronix Test Suite 4.2 Milestone 3
22 November 2012


- pts-core: Don't report null times for estimated run-time
- phodevi: Support for determining the build configuration on LLVM 3.2 where llvm-ld is llvm-link
- phodevi: Hard fall-back support for detecting the xf86-video-modesetting driver usage
- toggle_screensaver: Disable blanking of the terminal screen when running tests

Phoronix Test Suite 4.2 Milestone 2
22 October 2012


- pts-core: Add list-recommended-tests option for providing subsystem test recommendations based upon OpenBenchmarking.org popularity/usage
- pts-core: Add auto-compare option for automatically determining relevant OpenBenchmarking.org result comparisons based upon software/hardware
- pts-core: Allow passing test profile names to auto-compare to seed it with the test(s) you wish to use for comparison
- pts-core: OpenBenchmarking.org now supports system log payload sizes up to 2MB
- pts-core: Object-ify PTS external dependency handling
- phodevi: Split some functions into new phodevi_base class

Phoronix Test Suite 4.2 Milestone 1
8 October 2012


- pts-core: Support download caches at /media/*/*/download-cache/
- pts-core: Support OPENGL_DRIVER as a run-time variable
- pts-core: For external dependency handling, treat Linaro as Ubuntu
- pts-core: Check for null distribution-specific external dependency package names
- pts-core: Formatting improvements to result-file-to-text output
- pts-core: Add openssl-development as a new test external dependency
- pts-core: Don't warn on out-of-date test profiles when being run in batch mode
- phodevi: Support for reading the VirtualBox version of Beta/RC versions
- phodevi: Better support detection for Exynos ARM cores
- phodevi: Initial support for reading node power over IPMI
- phodevi: Initial support for reading core temperature over IPMI
- phodevi: On Linux attempt to determine the install RAM's vendor and product part number
- toggle_screensaver: Support for module suspending the Xfce4 desktop screensaver using xfconf-query
- pts_Graph: Fix for vertical/rotated text in SVG -> GD translation

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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