Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 Delivers New Automated Testing Capabilities

Written by Phoronix Media in Software on 6 April 2009. Page 1 of 1. 35 Comments

Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 Delivers New Automated Testing Capabilities

Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 makes it easier to autonomously test Linux, Mac OS X, *BSD, and OpenSolaris systems.

Grand Rapids, MI -- April 6, 2009 -- Phoronix Media has today released Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 (codenamed "Selbu"), which is a sizable update to its very popular testing software. Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 introduces a graphical user-interface making it easier for end-users to test out their computer systems, adds support for reference system comparisons, is compatible with more *BSD operating systems, and adds a number of new test profiles and suites. The Phoronix Test Suite is designed to run benchmarks/tests atop Linux, Mac OS X, *BSD, and OpenSolaris systems in a clean, reproducible, and easy-to-use way.

A GTK2 graphical user interface in Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 makes it easier for new users to become acquainted with the testing software without having to master the command-line version. Nearly all of the same features available through the command-line version are available via the GUI and is designed for ease of use. In Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 the user interface will be officially supported and feature numerous enhancements.

"With more than 170 official changes and nearly 50% of its code-base revised, we feel the Selbu release is unequivocally one of our most important releases yet," said Michael Larabel, the founder of Phoronix Media. "We continue to refine the Phoronix Test Suite to make it extremely easy to use for vendors, developers, and end-users to test their software and hardware. Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 accomplishes a lot in the way of making it easier to run tests, while this will continue to be a focus in upcoming releases."

Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 is shipping with 90 test profiles and over 40 suites. More details on the Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 release along with how to download this automated testing software can be found at Following a quarterly release schedule, the Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 release is planned for Q3'09. Technical support for the Phoronix Test Suite is available to corporate customers on a per-company basis.

About The Phoronix Test Suite:

Phoronix Media develops the Phoronix Test Suite in conjunction with leading computer hardware and software vendors. It seeks to standardize the process of validating software and hardware on Linux and alternative operating systems by providing the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform. The Phoronix Test Suite makes it easy for hardware vendors to test an array of software relevant to them in an autonomous manner while being highly configurable and providing concise results. Software vendors benefit from being able to test their software in an efficient manner for performance tuning and regression tracking, generate new users of their products through the Phoronix Test Suite, and provide a direct channel to hardware vendors validating against their software using this test suite. Consumers are able to benefit from the Phoronix Test Suite by detecting bottlenecks within their system and experience greater vitality on the Linux Operating System from a standardized test specification.

About Phoronix Media:

Phoronix Media was founded in 2004 and is the largest Internet resource devoted to enriching the Linux hardware experience. Its premiere web property is and it publishes Linux-based hardware reviews, software previews, and driver analyses with more than 1,200 articles and 1,600 news postings. Other Phoronix Media assets include,,, and

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