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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Today's been another productive day in the continuous quest of Phoronix and its goals pertaining to furthering Linux hardware support and benchmarking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Phoronix Forums have been updated with a revised theme and other improvements.
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.
It's official: Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" and OpenBenchmarking.org will be launching next month at the Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles, California.
To all Phoronix readers, have a happy and prosperous new year! Prosit Neujahr! Godt Nytt År! Here's how to celebrate the new year.
With Iveland Alpha 5 arriving earlier today and more information beginning to be released about OpenBenchmarking.org for its February debut with Phoronix Test Suite 3.0, many have become more curious about what this project entails. Last week I posted a few very small screenshots of OpenBenchmarking.org in its current form. I also have already said OpenBenchmarking.org will become bigger than Phoronix itself, so here are a few statistics right now.
Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" Alpha 5 has been released this morning. This is the last alpha release for Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 before it goes into beta in preparation for its February release target. This fifth alpha release focuses upon more of the OpenBenchmarking.org integration work for its debut alongside Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.
As a gift to Phoronix readers this Christmas, here's a sneak preview on what you can expect next year.
Now available is Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" Alpha 4 and it is one exciting release. As said last week in Bye-Bye Test Profiles & Suites; Hi OpenBenchmarking.org, this release strips out the test profiles and test suites from the Phoronix Test Suite client and moves it into the OpenBenchmarking.org cloud. With initial integration for OpenBenchmarking.org in place for the Phoronix Test Suite, things are now on the verge of becoming a lot more interesting.
For those not tracking the Phorogit code of the Phoronix Test Suite, all of the test profiles and test suites living within our open-source benchmarking software have been removed. All 130+ test profiles and ~50 test suites have been dropped, as they're no longer living within the benchmarking package.
Last year we introduced Phoromatic as an extension to the Phoronix Test Suite for making it easy to build a benchmarking test farm or simply benchmarking systems across the world all from a simple and easy-to-use web-interface where all of the test results are also stored. A few months after launching Phoromatic, Phoromatic Tracker launched as an extension to that for being able to monitor the performance of a given software component on a timed basis or even on a per-commit VCS basis (or when externally triggered otherwise). As an example of that, we launched our Linux kernel test farm, which has now been running for a year.
Two weeks have passed since the release of Iveland Alpha 2, but now it's time for the third alpha release for the Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" benchmarking platform. Quite a number of changes have built up over such a short period of time as this release nears OpenBenchmarking.org integration and ready for its planned release in Q1'2011.
November was a fairly interesting month at Phoronix with an increased number of articles (thanks directly to our advertisers) and some particularly interesting tests: five years of Linux kernel benchmarks, compiler benchmarks of GCC/LLVM/Clang/DragonEgg, a look at at a Linux kernel patch to improve responsiveness, ZFS Linux benchmarks, Solaris 11 benchmarks, the newest ATI Gallium3D driver, a historical look at Fedora's performance, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 benchmarks, among other articles. However, December should be another interesting month at Phoronix too.
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