We hope yesterday you enjoyed our interview with the Wallbuntu Linux distribution and then on a serious note the X.Org 7.5 release or there the lack of. With the start of a new month though, there's a few items we need to remind you.
The second beta release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.8.0 "Selbu" is now ready for testing. In the past nine days a fair amount of work has been committed for the 1.8 release. The most prominent feature is the reference systems comparisons support. This initial implementation makes it possible to easily compare your system's performance results to other reference systems.
With lots of positive feedback and results since Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 Alpha 3 earlier this month, the first beta release is now ready. The first beta release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 (codenamed "Selbu") contains a bit of code reorganization, various bug-fixes, numerous improvements to the GTK2 GUI, improved support for BSD (particularly NetBSD), PCLinuxOS support, and a few test profiles have received upgrades.
Next month at Phoronix Media we will be introducing version 1.8 of the Phoronix Test Suite. Among a horde of new features, new test profiles, bug-fixes, and much more, there is a Phoronix Test Suite GUI (updated screenshots). The GTK2 GUI is nearly completed already, while additional fine-tuning and new features will come to the interface with Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 later this year.
The third alpha release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.8.0 "Selbu" is now available for testing. This release contains numerous improvements to the GTK2 interface, support when running the Phoronix Test Suite in more locales, improved file-system detection support (for SquashFS, AuFS, and UnionFS), and support for reading enabled monitors. Beyond changes to pts-core, there are new external dependencies (autoconf and libtool) and the vDrift test profile has been updated and is in a working state. Additionally, the Prey test profile has been updated against the latest Linux installer version.
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As we are quickly approaching our 2,100th news article at Phoronix (and that's in addition to nearly 1,400 full-length articles), it's a good time for a few reminders.
With about a month having passed since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 "Tydal", the first alpha development release to its successor is now available. Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 "Selbu" will focus on a number of underlying improvements and further polishing from where Tydal was left off. There will also be quite a bit of preparatory work for Phoronix Test Suite 2.0. Selbu is expected for release in the second quarter of 2009.
Per the request of some Phoronix readers, Phoronix is now available on Twitter. All news stories and full-length articles will be linked to from Twitter, if you prefer that route instead of using just our RSS feed. If you are a member of Twitter, be sure to follow Phoronix.
As what will likely be the last development release in the 1.6 "Tydal" series, Beta 2 has now been made available. Among the changes to pts-core are a few hardware and software detection improvements, test installation logs are now archived within the test installation directory, an install-all-dependencies option has been added, and there is now support for reading the CPU usage of individual processing cores (and is also supported through the system_monitor module).
This year at Phoronix we published 333 full-length original articles/reviews and wrote 691 news pieces -- with nearly all of them being about Linux or computer hardware in some form. Our total number of articles written at Phoronix since its inception in 2004 is over 1,300 articles and then about 2,000 news postings in the past two years.
As the latest Phoronix Test Suite development release for 2008, version 1.6.0 "Tydal" has reached beta. This first beta release in the 1.6 series features several new features and fixes since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 Alpha 3 earlier this month.
It's approaching five years since Phoronix was conceived and in that time we have published 1,300 featured articles (many of them can be found here) and thousands of news postings that relate to using computer hardware -- both desktop and server related -- on Linux. A vast majority of these articles have been about computer components like motherboards, graphics cards, and processors, but very few have been about retail PCs that consumers can easily buy in stores or on the Internet. That, however, may change.
Our 2008 Linux Graphics Survey is ending this Monday so it's your last chance to submit your survey answers before it's too late! This survey is used to assess the current Linux graphics / X.Org situation, to measure the adoption of different drivers, and find out what areas of Linux graphics that users have the greatest interest. This survey is just eleven questions and should only take a few minutes to complete.
It's time for another new development release of the Phoronix Test Suite. We're announcing the availability of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 "Tydal" Alpha 3. This third alpha release is possibly the last build before entering the beta stage and preparing for a final release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 in the first quarter of 2009.
For those interested in participating in our 2008 Linux Graphics Survey, there is just one week left before it ends next week Monday. This short survey is used to assess the interest of different X.Org projects by Linux users and to look at the adoption rates for different hardware, drivers, and X.Org releases.
The second development release in the road to Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 "Tydal" is now available. This release brings a number of new user features, pts-core improvements, and bug fixes. Below are some of the key features introduced in Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 Alpha 2.
If you're interested in participating in our 2008 Graphics Survey, there is just fifteen days left to take our survey.
Last year we hosted our first annual Linux Graphics Survey as really the only study that's been done to get a better understanding what the Linux community is using in their computers to fulfill their graphics needs, what their key interests are, and where they are looking for improvements. We're hosting this survey once again so we ask that between now and December 15 you take a few minutes to vote in the 2008 Linux graphics survey.
With the start of a new month it's time to remind you that you can view Phoronix without any advertisements by becoming a Phoronix Premium member. Phoronix Premium members also get the benefits of viewing multi-page articles on a single page (similar to a "print view" mode) and other advantages. Most notably though, the funds generated are used to support our operations and allows us to continue producing great Linux hardware content and testing software.
Following a series of three alpha releases in the Orkdal series, I am pleased to announced the release of the first beta release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.4. There are quite a few changes between Orkdal Alpha 3 and Orkdal Beta 1, but any fallout will be minimal. There is still over a month until Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 will be officially released, but pts-core appears to be in great shape as it stands today. Beta 1 consists of improved hardware detection, support for OpenSolaris 2008.11, enhanced test management, and plenty of other changes.
We are pleased to announce today at Phoronix that we have joined IDG's TechNetwork, which is a media network of technology sites. As many of you are aware, the parent company IDG owns a number of Internet and print publications such as Computer World, PC World, Linux World, and many others. IDG will be taking control of advertising on Phoronix and the Phoronix Forums effective next month and you may see content syndication on other IDG TechNetwork sites and other new reader features. This move will allow us to continue providing Linux hardware reviews, Linux gaming news, driver coverage, and all of the other features you have become to know and expect from Phoronix. Expect more reader features and even greater content too. We welcome your feedback in the Phoronix Forums.
Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 "Orkdal" Alpha 2 was released just a bit more than a week ago with support for benchmarking the Mac OS X operating system. Today though we've already prepared the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 Alpha 3. There are a number of improvements to the core testing component (pts-core) and nearly all of the test profiles have received updates that allow them to benefit from the latest features in Orkdal.
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It's been only five days since the Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 Beta 2 release, but Beta 3 is now ready and has about 50 changes to this release. With a bit of luck, this will also be the last test release before Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 "Malvik" is officially released next week. Below are some of the highlights to this third beta release.
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Two months after shipping Phoronix Test Suite 1.0, we're announcing the first beta release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.2. This release incorporates many changes and new features, in fact too many to go over in a single article. There is a modules framework, new dynamic options, new testing options, a new installation system, plenty of bug fixes, and much more. For all of the details on Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 "Malvik" Beta 1, check out the mailing list announcement.
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