Phoronix News Archives
This Week: Benchmarks, Graphics, Enlightenment

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.

22 November 2009 - The Usual Roundabout - Add A Comment
Phorogit Turns Two, Happy Birthday

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the creation of Phorogit is the Git repository that is sponsored by Phoronix Media to house the development of a few free software projects.

20 November 2009 - Phorogit Turns Two - 5 Comments
Benchmarking Mobile Phones & Devices

It was just a week ago that we confirmed the Phoronix Test Suite is being ported to Windows, then on Monday delivered Phoronix Test Suite 2.2, and a day after that announced a major advancement for Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 "Lenvik" and that was image quality comparison and analysis support to take our benchmarking software to the next level. Today we are continuing on this roll by announcing the Phoronix Test Suite is coming to mobile phones! To assist those in optimizing their software on mobile phones and devices for not only the pure performance but also matters like monitoring the battery power consumption, the Phoronix Test Suite has made the jump into the mobile space.

19 November 2009 - PTS 2.4 Lenvik Does It All - Add A Comment
This Week: Fedora 13, Gallium3D, Reiser4

Some of the notable news items we covered this week at Phoronix included a new GRUB 2.0 release, Mesa / Gallium3D coming to Android netbooks, exclusive word from a former Namesys employee that Reiser4 may go after mainline Linux inclusion in 2010, GNOME 3.0 being officially delayed to September, and a virtual Gallium3D driver coming for VMware.

15 November 2009 - Coverage This Week - Add A Comment
Helping The X.Org Community By Taking A Survey

If you haven't already, head on over to this page to take the 2009 Linux Graphics Survey. This annual survey gives X.Org and driver developers -- along with distribution vendors and other interested users -- a better idea of the graphics hardware in use, leading interests by end-users, driver information, and other important data. This brief survey ends at the end of the month so be sure to complete it before there's no more time.

12 November 2009 - PGS 2009 - 2 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 Is Coming To Windows

As was eluded to last week, the Phoronix Test Suite will be supported under Microsoft Windows operating systems in the very near future. Version 2.2 "Bardu" of the Phoronix Test Suite is arriving next week, but we will now confirm that version 2.4 will contain initial support for Windows 7 (Windows 7 will be our only focus, but earlier versions such as XP and Vista should work too). Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 is codenamed "Lenvik" (with regards to the Phoronix Test Suite "Rostock" screenshots showed off last week, that is another version of PTS being worked on) and will be released in the first quarter of 2010.

10 November 2009 - PTS 2.4 Lenvik - 10 Comments
Last Call For Bardu, It's Arriving Next Week

Last week we finally went into a public beta for Phoromatic, our server software that allows individuals and organizations to quickly and easily build their own benchmarking test farm(s), and also shared that Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 "Bardu" was on track for being released this month. Today it is now officially confirmed that Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 will be released next Tuesday, the 17th of November.

9 November 2009 - Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 - Add A Comment
2009 Linux Graphics Survey Reminder

Last week we launched the third annual Linux Graphics Survey to poll Linux users about the graphics hardware and drivers they use, their interests as it pertains to Linux graphics with Mesa / Gallium3D / X.Org, and other questions to help both developers and end-users. This survey is running through the end of the month so there is still time to submit your answers.

8 November 2009 - It's Still Going - 1 Comment
Supporting Phoronix When Shopping At NewEgg

Running and developing the Phoronix Test Suite software consumes much time and is an enormous undertaking. You can support our Linux efforts already by joining Phoronix Premium, supporting our advertisers, making a donation, or using our affiliate link when shopping. For those that do not use Amazon for any online shopping (technology related or not), we have now partnered up with NewEgg and their affiliate program.

4 November 2009 - Linkage - 7 Comments
Bardu Picks Up Improvements, Phoromatic Is Ready

It was just last week that Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 entered beta, but now the second beta of "Bardu" is ready and with the changes continuing to roll in for our multi-platform benchmarking / testing software. The official change-log for Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Beta 2 is listed below, but some of the highlights include support for logging the test's installation script within the results file, more updates to the PTS module architecture, new test suites, various bug fixes in pts-core and Phodevi, and official support for the Phoromatic module.

3 November 2009 - Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 - 1 Comment
This Week: Ubuntu 9.10, AMD Changes, DRI2 Sync

This week at Phoronix most of our articles and news postings were about... you guessed it! X.Org and Linux graphics, to no surprise. However, outside of this niche of ours, Ubuntu 9.10 was released so we did publish some comparative Ubuntu benchmarks from an old ThinkPad. We also launched the first Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 beta on Tuesday, which carries a horde of new features and improvements for all the Linux benchmarking junkies. We also reported on the possibility of Windows 7 benchmarking with our flagship open-source testing software along with the first details on PTS Desktop Live 2009.4, our Linux-based, performance-oriented, benchmarking OS.

1 November 2009 - Weekly Recap - Add A Comment
A Few PTS Desktop Live 2009.4 Details

With Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 now in beta and this update offering a nice set of features with the official release landing in late November or December (chances are the third week of November), it's time to start talking about the PTS Desktop Live update. PTS Desktop Live, the Linux distribution that we designed to carry out automated Linux benchmarking from a LiveDVD environment that launched in conjunction with Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, will receive its first update shortly.

30 October 2009 - Loderhof Spotlight - 12 Comments
Windows 7 Benchmarking With The Phoronix Test Suite?

One of the most common questions that gets brought up with regard to the Phoronix Test Suite is whether support for Microsoft Windows will ultimately come to our open-source benchmarking platform. After all, even on Windows there really is no public software readily available (as far as we know) that is quite like what we have designed with an extensible test profile architecture/framework, support for uploading of any tests to a central repository (Phoronix Global), full automation of the testing process, remote test management (Phoromatic), etc. In future releases there will be several more unique capabilities that further distinguish the Phoronix Test Suite. The short answer is that Windows support for the Phoronix Test Suite could come.

28 October 2009 - It's Quite Possible - 22 Comments
This Week: Unigine Heaven, Drivers, Releases

Our news coverage this week at Phoronix started out by reporting on the X Server 1.7.1 RC2 release, which ended up going gold on Friday after a few days of testing. This X.Org work was followed by the first X Server 1.8 snapshot, and an October 2010 release target for X.Org 7.6.

25 October 2009 - News Coverage This Week - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 "Bardu" Alpha 4

Generally with each major Phoronix Test Suite release there are three alpha and three beta releases prior to going gold, but for Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 "Bardu" this has been extended to four alpha releases. Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Alpha 4 carries a fair amount of changes -- in fact, nearly every test profile has received an update to take advantage of new pts-core features. This new development release also carries a few optimizations, regression fixes, Phodevi improvements, and faster XML parsing.

12 October 2009 - New Alpha Release - Add A Comment
This Week: Moblin, Mesa, X, GNOME

This week there were several new software releases including the Linux 2.6.32-rc3 kernel, KDE 4.3.2, Alien Arena 7.31, OpenChrome 0.2.904, Wine 1.1.31, and xf86-video-radeonhd 1.3.0. Worth noting with the new Wine release are continued Direct3D 10 advancements and the start of Microsoft ActiveX support within JavaScript. The Alien Arena release is also interesting for the graphics improvements, new game mode, and other new content for this first-person shooter. Also made available this week were new preview releases of Mutter and the GNOME Shell.

11 October 2009 - News Coverage Round-Up - Add A Comment
Benchmarking OpenCL On Linux With Bardu

Beyond the other work that has already gone into Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 (codenamed "Bardu") like improved stats support and a horde of extra features, there is the start of OpenCL (Open Computing Language) testing support.

6 October 2009 - Now Possible - Add A Comment
2.2 Bardu Alpha 3 Brings Stats, Proxies, HPC

The third alpha release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 "Bardu" is now available for those interested in benchmarking their Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris, and Mac OS X systems. It's been just two weeks since Bardu Alpha 2, but there's a fair amount of changes within this new development release. First and foremost, there are some new statistical features within pts-core for providing statistical significance in benchmark results (read that article for more details). Additionally, there is now HTTP proxy support built into the Phoronix Test Suite for those wishing to use Phoronix Global but require the use of a proxy. To setup the proxy support for the Phoronix Test Suite, run phoronix-test-suite network-setup.

28 September 2009 - New Phoronix Test Suite - Add A Comment
Regarding Those Pesky Hover Ads

Over the past few days you may have noticed some rather pesky Adobe ads that keep "hovering" over the main portion of the Phoronix web-page and are impairing the reading of the site's content. We hate these ads just as much as you do! They will be removed.

27 September 2009 - Yes, We Hate Them Too - 10 Comments
This Week: Intel, Graphics & Mobile Linux

Intel hosted their developer conference this week in San Francisco (Intel Developer Forum) where several new announcements were made, with Linux being involved in some of these announcements. It was revealed that Dell will begin shipping Ubuntu Moblin Netbook Remix on one of their Atom-powered netbooks, Moblin 2.0 was released, and there was a snapshot of Moblin 2.1 was released. This week we also showed off some new Lynnfield Linux benchmarks that Intel had sent over to us using the Phoronix Test Suite.

27 September 2009 - Plus Oktoberfest - Add A Comment
Statistical Significance In Benchmark Results

For those of you following the developments of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 (codenamed "Bardu"), some new benchmarking features were pushed into its Git tree this week. The latest Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 code now has better FreeBSD 8.0 compatibility and support for network proxies with network communication, but larger than that is new support for ensuring test results are statistically significant.

25 September 2009 - Phoronix Test Suite Enhancements - 6 Comments
This Week: VDPAU, X.Org, Gaming

This week at Phoronix the news coverage was a bit less than normal since your's truly is currently at Oktoberfest 2009 in Munich, but there were still many important news happenings.

20 September 2009 - Plus Oktoberfest 2009 - 2 Comments
Take The Phoronix Survey, Enter To Win VISA Card

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16 September 2009 - $100 Prize To Random Person - 13 Comments
PTS 2.2 Bardu Reaches Alpha 2

For those interested in playing with the latest code for the Phoronix Test Suite that's currently known as "Bardu" and will ultimately be ratified as Phoronix Test Suite 2.2, a new alpha release is available. Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Bardu Alpha 2 carries a number of new improvements, bug fixes, and a new test profile over the initial alpha one release that made it out late last month. Besides many underlying enhancements and fixes, pts-core in this new test release adds support for the following two commands: change-results-display-order and rename-identifier-in-result-file, which are pretty self explanatory options. Phodevi also has a hard drive reporting fix for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

15 September 2009 - Linux Benchmarking - Add A Comment
This Week: Gallium3D Excitement, LLVM

This week at Phoronix a number of the stories we cover pertained to Gallium3D, the Linux graphics stack in general, and more Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks. In the Gallium3D world we covered news about work on bringing this driver architecture to the Haiku OS and interestingly X-Video and EXA coming to Gallium3D. Also worth noting this week when it comes to the Linux graphics stack is Mesa slowly picking up OpenGL 3 features, Mesa 7.5.1 bringing bug fixes, the X.Org 7.5 code-base being frozen, and the first X Server 1.7 snapshot finally arriving. NVIDIA this week brought VDPAU improvements and fan speed support to its proprietary driver. We also started asking questions for a Q&A with NVIDIA about Linux.

6 September 2009 - News Coverage From The Week - Add A Comment
This Week: New Releases, Desktop Fun, Gaming

This week at Phoronix most of the new content was related to new software releases, enhancements to the Linux desktop, and Linux gaming. In fact, it was a particularly great week in the free software world with all of the happenings.

30 August 2009 - What Happened This Week - Add A Comment
PTS Bardu Makes Its Alpha Debut

Just in time for our extensive benchmarking of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" operating system tomorrow, we have christened the first alpha release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 (codenamed "Bardu"). Laid out a few days ago were some of the Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 features that are already implemented like the ability to recover from test runs (when the system crashes or fails), support for different command-line interfaces, anonymous usage reporting / statistics, and a number of new test profiles.

27 August 2009 - Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Alpha 1 - Add A Comment
The Start Of New Work In Phoronix Test Suite 2.2

Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 was released earlier this month along with PTS Desktop Live, our own Linux OS designed to run in a live environment and specifically for carrying out hardware benchmarks. Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" brought forward many new features, over 100 test profiles, and plenty of other highlights. We are already encouraging other review sites to use this software. However, the excitement doesn't end with 2.0 Sandtorg. Significant work is already underway in the next release, which is Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 and goes under the codename of Bardu.

23 August 2009 - Bardu's The Name Of The Game - Add A Comment
This Week: Linux Graphics Continue To Evolve

For those that missed it, there was quite a bit happening this week in the Linux world when it comes to graphics drivers. The KMS page-flipping ioctl is ready for the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, KMS and GEM comes to the Neo FreeRunner, and the Assembly shader rework was merged into the mainline Mesa tree was among the open-source driver news. Also taking place this past week was the release of AMD Catalyst 9.8, which finally brought support for the Linux 2.6.29 and 2.6.30 kernels, but continues to lack real public support for XvBA. X.Org 7.5 was also supposed to be released, but to no surprise that did not happen.

23 August 2009 - A Recap Of News - 7 Comments

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