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LinuxTag 2011: More Wayland, Ubuntu Pickles

The Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest was not the only European Linux event taking place last week. From Wednesday through Saturday was LinuxTag back in Berlin at their Messe Fairgrounds.

16 May 2011 - Linux In Berlin - 3 Comments
Facebook's HipHop Can Now Build Grimstad

Announced to the public last year by Facebook was HipHop, an open-source project that transforms PHP code into highly-optimized C++ and then uses the GCC C++ compiler to produce a native system binary. Facebook's original numbers showed that by using this transformer/compiler on their servers the CPU usage went down by about 50% and they were able to supply around 70% more traffic on existing resources since the PHP code is no longer being dynamically interpreted. Here's a look at Facebook's HipHop during some of our first tests.

8 May 2011 - With GCC - 5 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 3.2-Grimstad Milestone 2

Only one week has passed sine the release of Phoronix Test Suite 3.2 Milestone 1, but there's some feature patches queued up now for release as 3.2-Grimstad Milestone 2 while waiting to catch a flight over to Munich.

28 April 2011 - New Test Release - Add A Comment
Yes, There Are Portal 2 Linux References

I'm only mentioning this so readers will hopefully stop emailing me regarding the references that have been discovered within Valve's Mac OS X launcher to their new Portal 2 game regarding Linux support.

20 April 2011 - So Please Stop Sending E-Mails - 51 Comments
Hitting The First Milestone For 3.2-Grimstad

The first milestone release of the forthcoming Phoronix Test Suite 3.2-Grimstad release has been achieved. This first test release is now available for facilitating your automated benchmarks and testing infrastructure under Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, and BSD platforms whether it be a server, desktop, or mobile device.

20 April 2011 - Phoronix Test Suite 3.2 - Add A Comment
The Skia 2D Graphics Library From Google

One of the emails landing in the Phoronix inbox over the weekend was in regards to the Skia 2D Graphics Library. It was an email asking if we've ever heard of it and how the performance of Skia compares to that of Qt and Cairo. For those unfamiliar with Skia, here's a small scoop on this open-source 2D drawing library.

18 April 2011 - An Inquiry - 7 Comments
Open-Source Web-Sites, Memories Of The Past

The forum discussion surrounding TransGaming's GameTree Linux and Cedega Technology continues, with some Linux gamers regretting that they ever even supported TransGaming. One user also brings up the past from when -- back in 2000~2001 -- TransGaming had pledged to open up their code-base once they reached 20,000 subscribers. They believed in an open-source philosophy at that time, but they never ended up opening up their code once hitting that milestone. Even though Cedega as we know it is now dead, this former fork of the X11-licensed Wine is still closed.

17 April 2011 - A Look Back - 18 Comments
Phoronix 2011 Chernobyl Nuclear Tour

Last April I toured the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site and areas like the Red Forest and Pripyat within Chernobyl's Zone of Alienation. It was an incredibly fascinating trip and ever since returning I've still wanted to go back to spend more days around Chernobyl. All of the recent nuclear coverage and mentions of Chernobyl in the news due to the unfortunate events taking place in Japan (and US / European news media and politicians now over-reacting about nuclear energy concerns), has only made me want to go back sooner. Judging by traffic in recent days to last year's Chernobyl photographs, there's lots of other people interested too. So it may be time to revisit this interesting travel destination.

15 March 2011 - Prior To LinuxTag / UDS - 82 Comments
Iveland Update; Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.1 Released

To those of you using the Phoronix Test Suite and/or OpenBenchmarking.org, Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.1-Iveland is now available. This is the first -- and only -- expected point release to Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 following its launch late last month from the Southern California Linux Expo.

15 March 2011 - Point Release - 2 Comments
Why Software Defaults Are Important & Benchmarked

Almost every time benchmarks are published on Phoronix, there's always at least a handful of people - or more - that will right away say the benchmarks are flawed, meaningless, or just plain wrong. Why? Because the software configuration is tested with its default (stock) settings. These users then go on to say that the defaults are not optimized for performance and that "everyone else knows better" to use a particular set of options, etc. But it's my firm belief that it's up to the upstream maintainer -- whether it be the project itself developing the software in question or the distribution vendor that's packaging and maintaining the given component -- to choose the most sane and reliable settings, and that's what most people use. In addition, with open-source software, there's endless possibilities for how a given piece of software can be tuned and tweaked. Here's some numbers confirming these beliefs of testing software at its defaults.

8 March 2011 - Hard Proof - Add A Comment
Crowd-Sourcing System Requirements For Free Software

When purchasing commercial software for Windows and Mac OS X you are almost always presented with the system requirements for the software and what the vendor recommends for an optimal experience. When dealing with open-source / Linux software, this is rarely the case. It's far less common to see free software projects that will list their recommended hardware/software configurations, even though in the case of computational and/or graphical intense free software, the recommended system hardware requirements are just as important.

7 March 2011 - WTF? - 1 Comment
Looking For Linux Hardware In A Easy Shopping List

After talking about the first week of OpenBenchmarking.org, which was a great success, news of this open and collaborative testing platform made its way to the front page of Slashdot. This resulted in a huge increase in benchmarks pouring in over last night and they keep coming in today. Thanks to this greater data set, here's a new feature that will interest many of you: the ability to easily find compatible GPUs / motherboards / CPUs / disks that are ranked upon how they perform with a given driver and operating system.

5 March 2011 - Linux Hardware Performance Index - 15 Comments
A Week With OpenBenchmarking.org

OpenBenchmarking.org has now been live for just under one week since launching it (and Phoronix Test Suite 3.0) from the Southern California Linux Expo when talking about making more informed Linux hardware choices. Here's some statistics on how it's going.

4 March 2011 - Statistics - 11 Comments
A New, Unique Linux Hardware Blog

If you're a Linux enthusiast and/or a computer hardware enthusiast, a new blog has launched this morning that definitely should be of interest to you.

2 March 2011 - A Self-Writing Community Blog - 10 Comments
OpenBenchmarking.org Launch Statistics

OpenBenchmarking.org and Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" were released over the weekend (press release) from the Southern California Linux Expo during our talk entitled Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices. Here's some statistics as of this morning that OpenBenchmarking.org has been public for a few days.

1 March 2011 - Good Numbers - 7 Comments
The OpenBenchmarking.org SCALE Video

In continuation of this morning's slides about Making Better Linux Hardware Choices, here is the preliminary video of our talk from the Southern California Linux Expo where Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and OpenBenchmarking.org were launched.

27 February 2011 - Preliminary Footage - 1 Comment
Go Benchmark, OpenBenchmarking.org Is Here

In case you didn't figure it out from two exclusive benchmarks appearing on a Saturday morning -- Intel Gallium3D benchmarks and EXT4/Btrfs on the Linux 2.6.38 kernel -- this is to celebrate the availability of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0-Iveland and OpenBenchmarking.org

26 February 2011 - Plus PTS 3.0 Iveland - 21 Comments
A Last Call For Testing Of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0

With Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and OpenBenchmarking.org making their official debut this weekend at the Southern California Linux Expo, the second and final test release of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0-Iveland is now available. Feel free to test away as this should be nearly identical to the final release.

23 February 2011 - 3.0-Iveland - 2 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 Release Candidate Arrives

With less than two weeks to go until Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" makes its official debut with OpenBenchmarking.org at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), it's time for a release candidate. Hitting the Internet this Monday is the first release candidate of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 with even more improvements.

14 February 2011 - 3.0-Iveland / OpenBenchmarking.org - 4 Comments
Some Screenshots From Today

Today's been another productive day in the continuous quest of Phoronix and its goals pertaining to furthering Linux hardware support and benchmarking.

7 February 2011 - A Hint Of What's To Come - 5 Comments
There's Less Than Three Weeks Left To SCALE

In less than three weeks the Southern California Linux Expo will be hosting their annual Linux conference in Los Angeles for a ninth year. There will also be SCALE University, an open-source cloud day, and various activities for the openSUSE, Fedora, and PostgreSQL projects. It's also where OpenBenchmarking.org is making its debut alongside Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" during my conference speech.

6 February 2011 - SCALE - Add A Comment
How To Help & Support Linux, Open-Source?

If you've been wanting to get involved in supporting Linux and other open-source projects with or without a programming background, or you have creative ideas how to get involved, see this thread.

30 January 2011 - Ideas - Add A Comment
3.0-Iveland Beta 3 Advances OpenBenchmarking.org

Only a week has passed since issuing Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 Beta 2, but some worthwhile code has landed making it time to release a third beta of the forthcoming open-source Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" benchmarking software to tag a new Hawaii-based build from my coding sprint. In particular, this new release can even play with keyboards, mice, network adapters, and other peripheral devices.

27 January 2011 - New Beta - Add A Comment
A Bavarian Preview Of Iveland & OpenBenchmarking.org

Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" and OpenBenchmarking.org are launching in late February from the Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles during my talk about Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices. However, for any Bavarians living near Munich, you may be able to get a sneak preview.

23 January 2011 - In Munich - Add A Comment
If You Liked Yesterday's OpenBenchmarking.org Preview

If you liked yesterday's OpenBenchmarking.org preview (it looks like many people did) for dramatically easing the quest in finding Linux compatible hardware and easing other hardware comparisons and research, you may want to try out the just-released Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" Beta 2 build.

19 January 2011 - Iveland Beta 2 - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" Goes Into Beta

After being in development for months, Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" has now entered beta. In preparation for the combined Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and OpenBenchmarking.org launch from the Southern California Linux Expo at the end of February, the first Iveland beta of our open-source benchmarking platform has been released this morning.

10 January 2011 - Test Away! - Add A Comment

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