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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
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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
This Week: Benchmarking, Benchmarking, & IGDNG

This week at Phoronix we published two articles that had benchmarks that generated quite a bit of interest and feedback: The Cost of SELinux, Audit, and Kernel Debugging and Arch Linux 2009.8 Benchmarks. The test results in these two articles were, of course, powered by the Phoronix Test Suite, for which we had additional news about this week. We had published an open letter to tech review web-sites challenging them to embrace Linux-based benchmarking. We also sought suggestions and feedback for a big OS benchmarking comparison we are about to set out on next month with Ubuntu, Mac OS X 10.6, FreeBSD 8.0, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, and others.

16 August 2009 - Covered This Week At Phoronix - Add A Comment
A Big Operating System Benchmark Comparison

Next month at Phoronix we intend to conduct a large benchmarking comparison of a few different operating systems. Right now we are looking at Ubuntu, Mac OS X (we will be waiting for 10.6 "Snow Leopard"), NetBSD, PC-BSD, OpenSolaris, and FreeBSD. We may throw in some others too. If there's any (non-Windows) OS you would like to see thrown into the mix, let us know in the forums. Each OS will be tested on the same system in their stock configuration, etc. With each operating system we will be carrying out a large number of tests.

14 August 2009 - Coming Soon - 106 Comments
Gernlinden, Gaming, OpenCL, & OpenGL 3.2

This week at Phoronix began by learning that Compiz is now running on ATI R600/700 GPUs when using the latest open-source Mesa / DRM stack. Owners of ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series graphics cards are now just a step away from finding "out of the box" open-source 3D acceleration support. On that same day there was also the release of the OpenGL 3.2 specification, but that didn't come as a surprise.

8 August 2009 - Plus Sandtorg & Workstation Graphics - Add A Comment
It's A Week Until 2.0 Sandtorg Is Released

Last week a detailed guide to Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 was published and it was mentioned that this major update to our testing/benchmarking software would be released in less than two weeks. This afternoon we are formally announcing that Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" will be released on the 4th of August. Tomorrow we will also be announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 (codenamed "Gernlinden") and this new Linux distribution will also be released next Tuesday.

28 July 2009 - Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 - Add A Comment
Phoronix: Linux, Food, Social Networks & Economics

Before you head on over to our latest articles or news stories to read about the Intel Celeron E1400, the features of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, or to request a beta key for a new Linux game, we have a few reminders we would like to get across before the weekend.

24 July 2009 - A Service Announcement - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Nears Final Release

The official release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" will come in early August, but being released today is what will likely be the final development snapshot for this testing software that is updated quarterly. New in Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Beta 3 are a few fixes throughout pts and pts-core, new functionality when it comes to performance reference system comparisons, and improvements to the BSD support (in particular, DragonFlyBSD). When it comes to the test profiles, Unigine Sanctuary, Unigine Tropics, and vDrift have all been updated against their latest stable releases. External dependencies have also been updated for OpenSuSE and Mandriva. Lastly, a test profile (named: supertuxkart) has been introduced for the SuperTuxKart racing game.

21 July 2009 - PTS 2.0 Sandtorg Beta 3 Is Out - 1 Comment
Please The Chef With Linux & Phoronix

If your wife has been upset with how much time you spend on our forums, that you subscribe to Phoronix Premium, or that you always occupy her computer by running the Phoronix Test Suite on it, fear no more! Just send her over to the newest web property that's managed by Phoronix Media, Foodstruments. Foodstruments is a portmanteau for "Food Instruments" and this is a site that features cooking gadget reviews, inexpensive cooking tools, and other products for the home and kitchen. Right now there's just over two dozen reviews up there now but plenty more are on the way along with involvement from key companies in the food industry.

14 July 2009 - Check Out Foodstruments - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" Beta 2

Almost a month after the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Beta 1, the second beta release for Sandtorg is now available. With being less than a month away from the final release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, this second beta serves largely to address bugs and other outstanding issues, but there are also a few new additions too.

7 July 2009 - New PTS Release Is Out There - Add A Comment
Upcoming Phoronix Articles: NILFS2 & More

Yours truly will be departing this week for Europe, so for the next two weeks our Linux news may be slightly slower than normal (read: just not within-a-few-minutes-of-an-announcement speed), but there are already a number of interesting articles in the publishing queue during this time.

22 June 2009 - NILFS2 Benchmarks & More - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Enters Beta

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.

14 June 2009 - Another Sandtorg Release - 3 Comments
A Huge Update To Phoronix Test Suite 2.0

It has only been one week since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Alpha 2, but we happen to be ahead of schedule on the third (and possibly the final) alpha release for 2.0 Sandtorg. In the past eight days there has actually been a very large number of changes to the Phoronix Test Suite, both to pts-core and the included test profiles and suites.

1 June 2009 - Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Alpha 3 - 3 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite Picks Up More Capabilities

Next week marks the five-year anniversary of the creation of Phoronix and also signals one year since Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 was released. With those celebrations ahead, the second alpha release for Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 "Sandtorg" has been released. Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Alpha 2 drives the test profile count up even higher, introduces several new pts-core features, and has other enhancements throughout.

24 May 2009 - PTS 2.0 Sandtorg Alpha 2 - 9 Comments
Join Phoronix Readers On Social Networks

If you want to stay up to date with the latest Linux news and hardware reviews but do not wish to use a traditional RSS feed, you are able to access Phoronix on some social networks.

13 May 2009 - Twitter, Facebook, Etc. - 1 Comment
100 Tests & Counting For Linux Benchmarking

I am pleased to announce that the Phoronix Test Suite has just incorporated its 100th test profile. With now having 100 different tests and over 50 test suites, there are plenty of tests to suit your needs whether you are interested in graphics / video, server, CPU, memory, disk, or system benchmarking. This also raises the count for the number of compatible tests in our GPLv3-licensed automated testing software that is compatible with Mac OS X, OpenSolaris, and *BSD operating systems.

5 May 2009 - Through PTS Sandtorg - Add A Comment
What Does Linux Benchmarking Look Like?

What does benchmarking a Dell Inspiron Mini 9, a Radeon HD 4890 graphics card with Intel Core i7, and dual quad-core AMD Opterons look like? Well, if the systems are running Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris, or Mac OS X, it can look like this: Do you see any of those systems out in the lemon grove? Nope. As was shared earlier this month, with Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 (a.k.a. "Sandtorg") and the introduction of Phoromatic and PTS Linux Live, we will seek to take computer benchmarking (primarily for Linux and the free software operating systems) to a whole new level. Heck, for the test administrator, the Linux benchmarking experience can look like this: With Phoromatic, there are no geographical boundaries for where you can manage your testing. When tests are done, you can be notified by via e-mail or to your mobile device. I happen to be in Italy, but using the latest Phoronix Test Suite code and the Phoromatic management system that soon will be shared with the public, I am able to effectively manage tests of systems back in the office in the United States.

25 April 2009 - Hard? Uhhhh, nope. - 7 Comments

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