Phoronix Test Suite 0.5.1 Makes It Out
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 5 May 2008 at 07:30 AM EDT. 1 Comment
Following last Thursday's release of Phoronix Test Suite 0.5.0, this morning version 0.5.1 has been released. This release that brewed in just four days has one dozen official changes with some of them warranting this version bump.

The encoding profiles and a few others have been updated in this release to reflect a new standard WAV file. This Phoronix Test Suite WAV file is much larger and of higher quality than its predecessor. However, the change in the audio file means that the results generated by PTS 0.5.1+ will be vastly different than earlier versions found in PTS Global.

Thanks to patches from uncle_fungus, this release has improved screensaver detection by fixing an xrandr parsing bug and he had also improved the process checker with regards to the Thunderbird and Firefox detection. The PTS Results Viewer also has some minor alterations. Fixed in this release is also allowing results from larger suites to be uploaded to our public Linux performance database.

From the development perspective, the biggest change with this release is now exporting all of the XML interface paths to pts-core/functions/pts-functions_interfaces.php. Now if you're writing an XML profile, suite, or anything else XML-related, check out this file to see all available options. The forthcoming documentation will be based upon the information in this file.

When it comes to new additions in this release, Phoronix Test Suite 0.5.1 adds an OpenSSL RSA test (and this openssl test is also now found in the multicore suite). In addition, this release introduces the first PCQS (Phoronix Certification & Qualification Suite) profile. This first PCQS profile is for server/workstation motherboard reviews at Phoronix and is named pcqs-server-motherboard.

Aside from these mentioned changes, there are a few other improvements in Phoronix Test Suite 0.5.1 but the major ones are mentioned. Download the new version here.

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