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Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 Is Codenamed Torsken

It's been about a month since releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 (codenamed "Lyngen"), so now it's time to shed some details about the next major release.
20 June 2010 - Other Details Enclosed - 10 Comments

Happy 6th Birthday, Phoronix!

It was on the 5th of June 2004 that I had founded Phoronix and it was two years ago that version 1.0 of the Phoronix Test Suite (codenamed "Trondheim") was officially released. So happy 6th birthday to Phoronix and this can also be celebrated as the 2nd birthday of our open-source automated benchmarking software.
5 June 2010 - And Phoronix Test Suite - 23 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 2.6.1 Released

The first and perhaps only point release for Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" is now available. This 2.6.1 release, which is coming about two weeks after the availability of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6.0, largely brings bug-fixes but it also presents support for anonymously reporting installed software/hardware.
3 June 2010 - Lyngen Point Release - 6 Comments

Tracking Trends In Linux Software / Hardware

A month ago we began reporting some Linux hardware statistics from those Phoronix Test Suite users that utilize Phoronix Global for uploading their test results publicly so that they can share their benchmark scores with others and make it very easy for their friends or colleagues to compare their performance numbers via the Internet. In an effort to better track such hardware / software statistical information of the installed Linux base (as well as for other operating systems where the Phoronix Test Suite is supported), we are rolling out a new feature to expand upon this information.
31 May 2010 - New Feature - 1 Comment

Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" Beta 3

The third -- and potentially final -- beta release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" is now available. This release contains various fixes, more updates to the new PTS Results Viewer, graphing improvements, a new Phodevi sensor architecture, a Phodevi sensor that serves as a GPU fence counter, and a couple of other changes. There's also random bug-fixes.
14 May 2010 - Third, Final Beta? - 4 Comments

Noticing A Problem With Ad Loading?

If you've been noticing on Phoronix over the past day or so when loading pages, occasionally a large, horizontal ad loading on the left side of the web-site where the vertical "skyscraper" ads are appearing, please let us know. We haven't been able to reproduce this problem ourselves and our ad provider, IDG TechNetwork, has only had limited success in reproducing this problem -- it seems to mainly affect European readers. However, this certainly does obstruct the viewing process and is indeed a bug that we are looking for our ad provider to address as soon as possible.
7 May 2010 - It's A Bug - 55 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" Beta 2 Is Here

For those looking to run any sort of automated benchmarks on Linux, Mac OS X, OpenSolaris, BSD, or even Windows 7 x64, the beta 2 release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lygen" has been released this morning.
6 May 2010 - New Testing Features

Some Linux Hardware Statistics From Phoronix Global

On Phoronix Global we have more than 25,000 benchmark result submissions from independent users around the world since launching the public version of the Phoronix Test Suite back in early 2008. As I have been hinting at for several months, with the launch of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 by the end of this year, Phoronix Global will be getting its long overdue overhaul and there are some revolutionary features being worked on as it concerns benchmarking and collaborative testing. This evening, however, there are some hardware statistics to share for the more than 25,000 existing result uploads.
30 April 2010 - Hmm, Interesting - 9 Comments

On Track With Our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Tests

Since early November when we shared that the Phoronix Test Suite would be ported to Windows 7 we have been working it into a state where it's now possible to compare the performance of Windows vs. Linux and also Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenSolaris too. Last month we then shared we were beginning to prepare for a Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS comparison with a great number of tests.
29 April 2010 - Tuesday - 6 Comments

It's The End Of The Month, New Ad Testing

For those of you not Phoronix Premium subscribers, between now and the first of May, when you visit a new article or news posting you may be greeted by a landing/welcome overlay screen with an advertisement courtesy of SAP. While this may not be the most ideal for browsing, this ad will only ever appear once per IP address and can be easily closed using the link that says "Close Window", or you can also visit the advertiser. It's that simple and will not infer with any other browsing experience.
29 April 2010 - Phoronix - 22 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" Reaches Beta

This morning the 2.6 release of the Phoronix Test Suite that's codenamed Lyngen has reached its first beta milestone. With that there are now about a dozen test profiles compatible with the Phoronix Test Suite on Windows 7 x64 operating systems plus many other improvements to other areas of our automated testing framework and open-source benchmarking software.
26 April 2010 - Windows Too

Notice More Articles This Week At Phoronix?

This week at Phoronix has been busy with more articles (and news posts) than usual. In fact, most days have had more than one new article. The week began by benchmarking the AMD FirePro V8800, then providing four years of Ubuntu benchmarks via their Long-Term Support testing, offering a look at Fedora 13 Beta, file-system benchmarks with the Linux 2.6.34 kernel, ATI graphics in Fedora 13, the need for Nouveau driver power management, and this morning was testing out the Btrfs system rollbacks in Fedora 13. The week is not over and there will be at least one more Phoronix article before the week is out and certainly more news items too.
16 April 2010 - Phoronix - 22 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" Alpha 3

It's been three weeks since Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 Alpha 2 was released (compared the usual two weeks, due to the tour of Chernobyl), but the third alpha release for this next release codenamed "Lyngen" is now available.
12 April 2010 - New PTS Release

Autonomously Generating An Ideal Kernel Configuration

While most Linux users are fine with just using the kernel supplied by their distribution vendor, there are some enthusiasts and professional users who end up tweaking their kernel configuration extensively for their needs, particularly if they are within a corporate environment where the very best performance and reliability is demanded for a particular workload.
10 April 2010 - Yep, Really! - 33 Comments

Chernobyl Takes Down Our Server

You may notice Phoronix taking a really long time to load this morning or the pages even timing out. This is because of the Chernobyl photographs that were posted yesterday and they are now on SlashDot.
8 April 2010 - Finally Taken - 10 Comments

Off To The Chernobyl Disaster Site

As previously mentioned, today I am leaving for Kyiv, Ukraine to tour the Chernobyl disaster site of the terrible nuclear accident almost 24 years ago (just a few days shy of its anniversary).
1 April 2010 - Nuclear - 12 Comments

Phoronix To Tour Chernobyl Nuclear Site

While a slight deviation from our usual roundabout with Linux news, benchmarks, and graphics driver articles, two weeks from today I have the unique opportunity to tour the Chernobyl disaster site and surrounding areas like the deserted Pripyat and Red Forest. As those into technology (like those reading Phoronix) seem to have interest in Chernobyl whether it be due to computer games they have played that are based around the Chernobyl site or simply due to the history and fascination by nuclear power and the unfortunate disaster in Ukraine, I will be posting some photographs and HD videos from what Chernobyl looks like in 2010. This will be on Phoronix and potentially a new Phoronix Media site for hosting the high resolution versions and the media may be potentially CC-BY-NC-ND licensed.
21 March 2010 - Radioactive Penguins? - 47 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 "Lyngen" Alpha 2

I don't generally like to push out software updates over the weekend, but this morning when looking at the patch from 2.6 Alpha 1 (that was released 11 days ago) to the current Git master, it amounts to about 10,500 lines / 400kb. There's really not a lot of code reorganization or other trivial changes, so we are overdue for a new alpha release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6, a.k.a. Lyngen.
20 March 2010 - Released - 1 Comment

Soon: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.6, Oh My!

Just yesterday we unleashed Phoromatic 1.0 with a horde of improvements to our remote test management system and as part of that introduced the Phoromatic Ubuntu Tracker, which benchmarks Ubuntu on a daily basis looking for performance regressions across multiple systems. Earlier today we then called out for benchmarking requests as what we should track next using our testing and execution framework (so far the likely contender is seeing how Wine's performance is evolving on a per-commit basis, but let us know what you think). Now to end out this week of announcements I have something else to share that's particularly interesting.
18 March 2010 - Windows Benchmarks - 23 Comments

What Shall We Benchmark Next? Let Us Know!

With Phoromatic we make it easy to build a test farm for benchmarking and automated regression management and to prove it we began monitoring the Linux kernel performance on a daily basis where we track the performance of the latest Linux kernel code on a daily basis using multiple systems. This has been going on for months and then yesterday we announced that Phoromatic reached a 1.0 status and that we have launched Phoromatic Ubuntu Tracker, a way to monitor the performance of Ubuntu Linux as a whole on a daily basis by benchmarking the most recent development packages. A day has passed so now we are already thinking of what next to add to our test farm for continuous performance tracking.
18 March 2010 - Request For Comments - 104 Comments

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