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Thread: Linux Hardware, Software Trends Over One Year

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    Phoronix: Linux Hardware, Software Trends Over One Year

    Here's a look at some Linux hardware and software usage trends over the past year on a month-by-month basis...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA5MTQ

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    Those four similar blue shades are really annoying. Can you please use some other more distinguishable colors like yellow, pink, orange, etc. (Gnuplot default colors are quite good example), those may not look as "cool" but make reading the graphs much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie889 View Post
    Those four similar blue shades are really annoying. Can you please use some other more distinguishable colors like yellow, pink, orange, etc. (Gnuplot default colors are quite good example), those may not look as "cool" but make reading the graphs much easier.
    I agree. I cannot distinguish between the colors as they're too similiar. Perhaps the tango colors could work too.

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    As explained before, patches for pts_Graph are welcome to improve the color picking algorithm... From a base set of colors, it needs to be able to shift around the color wheel and pick out other X-number of distinct colors. The current algorithm was submitted by a Phoronix reader after he didn't like my previous version, but clearly there are still some flaws with this current implementation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    As explained before, patches for pts_Graph are welcome to improve the color picking algorithm... From a base set of colors, it needs to be able to shift around the color wheel and pick out other X-number of distinct colors. The current algorithm was submitted by a Phoronix reader after he didn't like my previous version, but clearly there are still some flaws with this current implementation.
    As explained before, the color similarity makes these graphs almost useless. What is keeping you from fixing it yourself? You sound like a broken record soliciting the fix from your readers all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiputnik View Post
    As explained before, the color similarity makes these graphs almost useless. What is keeping you from fixing it yourself? You sound like a broken record soliciting the fix from your readers all the time.
    Color algorithms aren't my area of expertise, my color picker had already went through several phases.

    The colors work fine for me just now for figuring out the lines after looking at the averages/low/highs to know where they should be, and none of the commercial customers have complained about line graph colors. So if there are some people who don't like the color and want it changed, and experience with colors, feel free to submit patches since it's open-source.

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    [...]For processor use, Intel is in front with close to 80%...
    close to 70% would be more accurate according to the graph.

    quite interesting to see that AMD/ATI has a higher share of graphic cards than Nvidia. I would have thought that Nvidia has probably a higher share under Linux users.

    Edit: ah nevermind if I sum up Intel, Pentium it's close to 80%.

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    surprise surprise the radeon driver beat the FGLRX in market share!

    and this number will grow because of the support drop of the hd2000-hd4000 cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Color algorithms aren't my area of expertise, my color picker had already went through several phases.

    The colors work fine for me just now for figuring out the lines after looking at the averages/low/highs to know where they should be, and none of the commercial customers have complained about line graph colors. So if there are some people who don't like the color and want it changed, and experience with colors, feel free to submit patches since it's open-source.
    You could use HSL and then just rotate the hue.

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    Those four similar blue shades are really annoying. Can you please use some other more distinguishable colors like yellow, pink, orange, etc. (Gnuplot default colors are quite good example), those may not look as "cool" but make reading the graphs much easier.
    I personally would prefer larger images. The average, peak, and lows are nearly unreadable on a 1080p display without superscaling the image. The larger image also makes the problem with the color picking more tolerable.

    As for the article, the graph should reveal information about the size of each sample. With sample sizes it would be possible to assess the statistical significance of a single sample. May 2011.05 is one such example of a sample where the sample size would shed light on it's discrepancy from the rest of the set.

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