Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Enters Beta
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 14 June 2009 at 04:52 PM EDT. 3 Comments
The first beta release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" has been made available by Phoronix Media. Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 introduces an official GTK2 user-interface, over 100 test profiles, many new test suites, and a variety of new features. Being launched in conjunction with the official release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Q3'2009 is also going to be Phoromatic and PTS Linux Live, a Linux distribution designed entirely for hardware testing and performance profiling with the latest and greatest PCs. Introduced in Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Beta 1 are a number of fixes, new test profiles, and new test suites.

In Sandtorg Beta 1 is a rewritten analyze-batch command, which provides more in-depth analytical capabilities as can be seen from our NVIDIA ION Linux Performance review, along with improved line graphing. Additionally there are fixes to be found when it comes to performing system reference comparisons and Phodevi. Besides that, the beta 1 release also has a number of fixes to the GTK2 GUI when it comes to running on PTS Linux Live, when selecting multiple tests/suites to run, improved the test option display, a header bar has been added to the Phoronix Test Suite GUI, and several other items with respect to the interface have also been enhanced.

When it comes to the test profiles in this release, there is an updated version of MPICH2 in the mrbayes test profile, an mplayer-base test stub has been added to assist the MPlayer-based test profiles, and a video-cpu-usage test profile has been added that monitors the CPU usage during video playback with different video output modes (this is also showcased in our recent NVIDIA ION Linux article). New suites in this testing version include desktop-graphics, cpu, workstation-graphics, and server-motherboard. The linux-system and netbook test suites have also been updated. In Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Beta 1 are 108 test profiles and 47 test suites.

In regards to PTS Linux Live, we have a development snapshot of this Linux distribution ready for release once we are able to obtain mirrors to host this Live DVD/USB ISO. The final version of Phoronix test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" is expected in late July or early August. The Phoronix Test Suite can be downloaded at Questions and feedback can be directed to its forum or the mailing list.

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