As I've written earlier, from next week through the beginning of January I will be out of the country and focusing upon Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 development. There's really great improvements coming including the long-awaited new user-interface, the restoration of our Live USB/DVD environment for benchmarks with a standardized and uniform complete software stack, new local server features, and various other features I'll be sharing in the weeks ahead.
Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 is should be a spectacular release for PC benchmarking and will arrive in H1'2014. While much of my time the next few weeks will be busy spent focusing upon its developments, there will be no slowdown in new articles and content on Phoronix.
After a couple past extremely busy weeks, there's already a lot of articles and new Linux hardware reviews I've already written for sharing through the rest of December and January. Among these articles that have already been penned and will appear on Phoronix shortly include:
- The first benchmarks of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1. Overall, the performance is looking really nice and a fair boost over RHEL 6.5 in various workloads.
- To complement the Radeon Gallium3D MSAA update from a few days ago there's some new numbers coming out this weekend when testing the more advanced anti-aliasing modes available through the binary NVIDIA Linux GPU driver.
- Updated benchmark results using the very latest Linux kernel and open-source graphics driver code for an assortment of Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs.
- New Debian GNU/kFreeBSD benchmarks on Jessie/Sid, including of the new FreeBSD 10.0 Debian kernel package.
- Early Ubuntu 14.04 LTS benchmarks.
- NVIDIA Optimus benchmarks between Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 8.1 when trying out the various NVIDIA Linux Optimus/PRIME options from the ASUS Zenbook Prime Intel ultrabook.
- A hardware review of the Lini PC that comes preloaded with Xubuntu Linux.
- The annual NVIDIA Year-In-Review that recaps the new features and changes of NVIDIA's binary driver in 2013 along with benchmarks of all major driver releases.
- Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 20 near-final performance benchmarks.
- Ubuntu 14.04 development vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 benchmarks.
- New LLVM Clang 3.4 compiler benchmarks.
- A Linux review of the Intel Pentium G3220 "Haswell" processor.
- The annual AMD Catalyst Year-In-Review that recaps the new features and changes of AMD's binary driver in 2013 along with benchmarks of all major driver releases.
- Dual-core Haswell GCC 4.9 compiler benchmarks.
- Linux 3.13 kernel hard drive file-system benchmarks to complement the recent Linux 3.13 SSD testing.
- GNOME Shell Wayland benchmarks from Fedora 20.
- A year-in-review performance overview of the Intel, Nouveau, and Radeon graphics drivers and the progress made on the open-source side for Linux GPU support.
- ASUS Zenbook Prime Intel Linux ultrabook benchmarks.
- LLVM Clang vs. GCC compiler comparison spanning multiple releases.
- Mesa Git benchmarks for Intel Haswell Celeron and Pentium processors with HD Graphics.
- Updated Ubuntu 14.04 XMir benchmarks from its current development state and the latest Intel graphics drivers.
- G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 laptop memory review.
- Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX hard drive review on Ubuntu Linux.
- New VirtualBox vs. KVM Linux virtualization benchmarks.
- 8-Way Linux 3.13 file-system comparison.
- New comparison of various enterprise Linux distributions.
That's most of the articles you can expect to find through early January on Phoronix... Even over the holidays there will still be new daily content on Phoronix, as always. There will also be some SteamOS articles and other yet-to-be-announced content and performance results.
While I'll be busy working on Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org development, there will also still be the daily news and other postings on Phoronix.
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