Crossing 10,000 Linux News Stories On Phoronix
It's with much pleasure seeing Phoronix cross the 10,000 news item threshold given Phoronix is what I've devoted my life to now for the past nine years and persevering even as other Linux sites shutdown over the lack of viability of advertisements on Linux-based sites -- a problem that continues to challenge Phoronix everyday. While there's been acquisition offers in the past and considerations of stepping down, none had been accepted in looking after the best interest of Phoronix as the leading source for Linux enthusiasts.
In being dedicated to advancing Linux hardware support, bettering the performance of open-source software, and all around interested in advancing Linux and interesting open-source projects, Phoronix is something I do day in and day out (seven days per week) and writing hundreds of articles per month. Over 95%+ of the content on Phoronix over the past nine years has been written by your's truly in being forced to have limited staff due to those using AdBlock, etc.
In all of this content there's been hundreds of exclusives from being the first to cover AMD having a new Catalyst Linux driver back in 2007 that revolutionized their Catalyst Linux support to being the first to have rights to talk about AMD's open-source strategy to delivering exclusive information about Valve's grand Steam Linux plans that all ended up being proved right. Phoronix also continues to be the only serious source for delivering Linux hardware reviews and compatibility information on the latest desktop/enthusiast components. Phoronix is also first in covering performance changes of new Linux kernel releases, the first news site to talk about Wayland, benchmarking Mesa drivers, and numerous other areas covered by no other Linux / open-source web-site. There's errors and problems from time to time, but I appreciate the feedback and due my best with the resources available and what's justifiable from a business perspective in continuing the media operations.
As a key to the success of Phoronix is now the Phoronix Test Suite, which has served as the leading open-source GPLv3 public benchmarking suite on Linux and other operating systems for the past five years. Investments continue to happen in advancing the Phoronix Test Suite and bettering its automated testing, benchmarking, and reporting capabilities. Phoromatic and OpenBenchmarking.org have also sprouted up as a result. OpenBenchmarking.org is now home to statistics and data on more than 3.5 million computer component configurations, a half million test results, over one hundred thousand complete benchmark result files made public, and numerous other accomplishments. In the months ahead there will be Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 and much more to talk about.
The other latest project to be made public that helps Phoronix operations daily is Anzwix as an open-source news finder that was developed by myself and used internally for years and a public version was recently made available. There's also much more planned for the Anzwix public version, albeit I never seem to have enough time in a day to finish things up, but there should be more good stuff soon at Anzwix.com.
Thanks to those that have supported Phoronix over the past 9+ years in getting to 10,000+ news stories and so far around 2,500 featured articles, plus our 54,000+ members within the Phoronix Forums. If you would like to support Phoronix, the best ways to do so are by disabling AdBlock as advertisements are the main source of income for Phoronix.com, subscribe to Phoronix Premium at a nominal cost for viewing the web-site ad-free and for viewing multi-page articles on a single-page, or by providing a tip/contribution via PayPal (or to a lesser extent, Flattr). Additionally, you can like/follow our pages on Facebook and Twitter via @Phoronix or @MichaelLarabel where I am quick to respond to test/benchmark requests and other feedback (non-public feedback or contact information can be found via MichaelLarabel.com).
Given that year-to-date there's already been 2,158 news stories on Phoronix (not counting the 182 articles/reviews) while last year was a record-breaking 2,294 news stories, it should certainly be less than nine years before hitting 20,000!