Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 Makes Its First Milestone
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 7 February 2014 at 01:00 AM EST. Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 5.0-Plavsk, the next major version of our cross-platform, open-source benchmarking software that's bringing with it a new web-based user-interface, WebSocket server, and other features, has reached a new public milestone.

Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 Milestone 1 is now available for testing by early adopters and those wishing to contribute or test the new benchmarking software. For existing Phoronix Test Suite 4 users of the command-line interface, this next release is already in terrific shape. Meanwhile, for those end-users that have been waiting for the easy-to-use GUI, it is present in this release but is far from polished and still undergoing heavy development.

The HTML5 web-based GUI that has been talked about several times already on Phoronix is still undergoing heavy development as well as the WebSocket server interface for being able to communicate with a Phoronix Test Suite node via JavaScript. If you haven't read already or checked out the screenshots and videos, you better check out A Very Early Walkthrough Of Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 and the videos of Easily Run Linux Benchmarks From Your Phone.

The Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 Milestone 1 release was declared now since there's already a lot of non-UI code to push out, it's ready for testing in the CLI mode, and in engaging any potential contributors to working on the HTML5 / WebSocket / new UI code. This "Plavsk" development code is already being used daily at Phoronix to great success and is stable as the Phoronix Test Suite 4.8 series for normal use from the CLI.

Those wishing to engage with the new user-interface (replacing the GTK2 GUI from the Phoronix Test Suite 2.x days) can run phoronix-test-suite webui but I'll leave the public documentation at that for now while those developers wishing to help out or learn more are welcome to contact me for further information.

In terms of the non-UI-related work that's found in Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 at this time include start-up speed optimizations, cleaned-up and improved error reporting/handling, more efficient network communication with OpenBenchmarking.org, a new "LIMIT_ELAPSED_TEST_TIME" environment variable, Phodevi software and hardware reporting improvements, and various bug-fixes and other minor enhancements.

Last month I mentioned the possibility of Phoronix Test Suite being re-licensed but as it stands right now Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 will likely continue to be made available under the GNU GPLv3.

An important change that's happened during the Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 development is we're now hosted on GitHub.

Once the new user-interface is in good standing, I'll also be working to restore PTS Desktop Live, a Linux distribution with a completely standardized software stack that can boot in a Live DVD/USB mode for benchmarking hardware in varying scenarios and making results shareable on OpenBenchmarking.org but not having to worry about any software/driver differences, etc.

Anyhow, for those interested in trying out Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 Milestone 1, this open-source Linux (and OS X / Windows / BSD / Solaris) benchmarking software can be obtained at Phoronix-Test-Suite.com. Your feedback, feature requests, etc, are appreciated. Commercial support, project sponsorship, and custom engagements continue to be available.
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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

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