This Week: Benchmarks, Graphics, Enlightenment
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 22 November 2009 at 11:02 AM EST. Add A Comment
This week at Phoronix we did our usual roundabout with X.Org / Linux graphics news coverage along with sharing new work on our benchmarking software, and we also broke the news that Samsung is sponsoring the development of Enlightenment. Another popular story was that Fedora 13 may support system rollbacks via Btrfs.

Our graphics coverage this week consisted of a new GLX extension for Clutter/Mutter, VMware releasing its virtual Gallium3D driver, how the X stack in Ubuntu 10.04 may look, Catalyst 9.11 for Linux, X Server 1.7.2 RC2, and lastly was word of a new Radeon DRM power savings patch.

Other news this week included Adobe releasing a Flash Player 10.1 beta for Linux along with word that Adobe AIR 2.0 is coming, some comments on the Radeon HD 5970 for Linux, CrossOver Games 8.1 released, the second GNOME 2.30 development release, the Linux 2.6.32 kernel is nearing, and Fedora 12 made it out the door.

When it came to our very popular automated testing software, the Phoronix Test Suite, this week we released Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 (codenamed "Bardu") to the world. While Bardu adds a lot to the table, we are already very hard at work on Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik", which will be released in the first quarter of 2010. Last week we confirmed the Phoronix Test Suite is coming to Windows and then this week after the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 we shared about image quality comparison support coming to PTS that will take our testing abilities to a new qualitative level. Then just a few days later we shared that Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 is also going to allow benchmarking of mobile phones and devices with Lenvik already running on Optware and Palm's webOS. Plenty more of exciting work is still ahead for Phoronix Test Suite 2.4.

Lastly, this week we also published Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X 10.6.2 benchmarks and provided a look at the Intel graphics stack in Fedora 12.

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