If you're looking at running some Linux benchmarks over the weekend, you'll want to check out the latest release of the Phoronix Test Suite. We've released version 1.0.4 this morning and it contains mostly new suites and tests.
It's been about two weeks since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.2, and now version 1.0.3 has been released. This minor update to this Linux benchmarking and testing platform licensed under the GNU GPLv3 adds new test profiles, a new suite, and a couple fixes.
If you're into computer graphics designs and are looking for a way to help out the open-source Phoronix Test Suite and possibly get a few rewards as a result, right now in the Phoronix Forums we're running a PTS logo design contest. Rules are simple, see what you can come up with for a logo for us. We already have a number of submissions so far and the contest will end this month. The designer behind the logo we select will be offered a position designing the graphics for a new version of PTS Global and that does come with a few bonuses attached. Submit your logo designs in this Phoronix Forums thread or to comment on other submissions.
Last month with Phoronix.com turning four years old, we decided to finally launch the Phoronix IRC channel. This is just a general reminder that by joining #phoronix on the popular FreeNode.net server, you can talk with other Phoronix readers about open-source software, the Phoronix Test Suite, Linux, and computer hardware. In addition, the IRC web viewer for this channel is now live today and it can be viewed from the Phoronix IRC page.
Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 won't be released for at least another month and a half, but a few days ago in the git repository a "trondheim-12" branch was created. For now the Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 code-base is the master branch and trondheim-12 is the location for the new development work until the 1.2 release nears.
It's been just nine days since Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.1 was released, but we have enough changes to now warrant the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.2. There are three new test profiles, two new suites, a man page has been added, and there are also other changes.
It's been two weeks since Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.0 was released and today is the first point release in the 1.0 branch. This update mostly incorporates a few bug fixes for some common issues and other minor improvements.
Due to the request of users on the Phoronix Forums, we now have a Phoronix IRC channel. On #phoronix at FreeNode.net you can discuss the latest Linux articles, hardware compatibility, the Phoronix Test Suite, and more. We'll have a web-based IRC chat log viewer on Phoronix in a few days. Enjoy!
It was on June 5, 2004 that Phoronix.com was started. Now 1,100+ articles and 1,400+ news postings later, Phoronix is now four years old! Today's date will now also be remembered by Phoronix Test Suite v1.0 being released (in just a few hours from now). Cheers!
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Following last Thursday's release of Phoronix Test Suite 0.5.0, this morning version 0.5.1 has been released. This release that brewed in just four days has one dozen official changes with some of them warranting this version bump.
For those interested in technical discussions surrounding the Phoronix Test Suite, a public mailing list has now been setup. This mailing list is named trondheim-pts and its mailman information page can be found here. The Phoronix Test Suite Forum will still be used and the primary place for those seeking technical support or how-to information. However, this mailing list has been setup for those more comfortable with mailing-list-style discussions and for information surrounding the software road-map, feature requests, and similar topics. Register for the PTS mailing list.
Following yesterday's release of Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.1, users can now register at global.phoronix-test-suite.com for a free account so that when uploading results from the Phoronix Test Suite they will be associated with you. This will make it easy to organize all of your results as well as sharing results with friends and co-workers (coming soon will be the PTS Global pages for browsing all entries from a specific user, RSS support, etc). Alternatively, you can continue to upload results anonymously.
Yesterday Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.0 was released, but due to a simple naming regression a noticeable bug had wound up in that release. A number of those running the compilation test suite within PTS 0.3.0 had experienced system crashes due to an infinite number of jobs being allowed by GCC -- instead of the number of CPU cores in the system plus one. This regression has been fixed in the git tree so that all test profiles are using the proper number of CPU cores through the NUM_CPU_JOBS environmental variable. As a result, Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.1 is now available.
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Earlier this week Phoronix Test Suite 0.2.0 was released, and in the speedy development cycle towards the first stable release of PTS, version 0.2.1 has been pushed out this morning. Phoronix Test Suite 0.2.1 includes a few new profiles, support for using the distribution's package management system for some tasks, and a few fixes since the 0.2.0 release.
For almost two months now we've been talking about the Phoronix Test Suite with much planning and development going on. The Phoronix Test Suite will be a platform for enabling next-generation Linux benchmarking and is based upon the process we've been using internally for about the past four years, but with greater automation, a standardized profile architecture, and many other features we'll share with the Linux community shortly. A written Phoronix Test Suite specification will come later.
With Phoronix.com turning four years old in about two and a half months, we're offering a pre-birthday deal for new Phoronix Premium subscribers. We've dramatically lowered the subscription rates for this deal where you can be a premium subscriber for only $2.50 USD per month. That's just $30 a year, compared to the normal going rate of $48! Rates for three and six month subscriptions have also been dramatically slashed for this deal.
The first alpha build of the Phoronix Test Suite is slowly progressing to a state where it will be ready for public release. In the meantime, however, the "Phoronix Test Suite - Results Viewer" is now out in its GPLv3 state. The results viewer is the browser-based component for easily viewing the results generated by the Phoronix Test Suite and automatically generates the graphs. The PTS Results Viewer is written using XML, XSL, and CSS. By itself, the code that has been pushed out today to Phorogit isn't of much use unless you want to look at the XML+XSL design for educational purposes or are interested in sprucing up its appearance (patches will always be welcome!).In addition, Phx-Grapher, which had its code dump last week, has been renamed to pts-grapher in order to abide by a single naming convention. pts-grapher is the graphing component to the Phoronix Test Suite, which can be ran locally or remotely over the web. Currently it supports both line and bar graphs, but can easily be extended and customized. This graphing utility is licensed by Phoronix under the GPLv3 license, so feel free to adapt this code as well if you're in need of generating graphs for other uses. The pts-grapher git repository is also on Phorogit.com. For those without git, source packages of both pts-results-viewer and pts-grapher are available at Phoronix-Test-Suite.com.
For those that may be new visitors to Phoronix or haven't heard of Phoronix Premium, this is a subscription-based service we launched in Q4'07. Phoronix Premium allows you to view Phoronix and the Phoronix Forums without any advertisements. All graphical and text/contextual-based advertisements are removed server-side once logging into your forum account. In addition to being able to browse all of our content without any advertisements, you have access to a "print view" / single-page version of all Phoronix articles. Whether it be a two or ten page article, with the click of a button you can view the entire article on a single page. Last but not least, by becoming a Phoronix Premium member it goes a long way in supporting our Linux hardware efforts and allows us to continue producing new content on a daily basis.
The Phoronix Test Suite software, which we will soon release in an alpha state, not only carries out the actual Linux benchmarking, but it will also provide an easy way to browse the results. A browser-based results viewer is already completed and the results will be graphed via the same system we have been using internally. While the test suite isn't yet ready to publish, tonight we have pushed out the code to our new graphing utility. This is the same code we use to generate bar graphs inside of our articles.
This morning we're pleased to announce that we've published our 1,000th article at Phoronix. The 1,000th article was on Measuring Ubuntu's Boot Performance. This is in addition to more than 1,300 news postings and over 21,000 posts in the forums. Phoronix.com will be turning four years old this June and we look forward to continuing to enrich the Linux hardware experience and our next 1,000 Linux articles.
Following last week's announcement surrounding the Phoronix Test Suite we have now created a new section in the Phoronix Forums devoted to this Linux benchmarking/testing suite. The Phoronix Test Suite Forum is dedicated to the support and discussion surrounding both the software and documentation that will made available in the coming weeks and months. You're free to also share any hopes or ideas you may have for this Linux benchmarking and compatibility suite as it's intended to be a collaborative standard.
With the start of a new month comes a new feature for Phoronix Premium members. If you're a premium subscriber, now when viewing multi-page articles you have the option of a "print version" / single-page copy. The ability to view an entire article from a single page has been a common request that we've now implemented. No matter if the article is two or ten pages long, there is now a button present at the top of each article for accessing the single-page version.
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Beginning next week we will be covering the 2008 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. We'll be providing some highlights from the show as well as looking at the Linux-related products. We have a lot planned and for more information on the show check out the CES website. If there are any specific products you're interested in, be sure to let us know in the forums.
While we have already shared with you what we believe were the greatest Linux innovations of 2007, what were our most popular articles and news items? This year we have published 340 articles and 700 news items. Below is a list of the most popular pieces as ordered by hits.
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At Phoronix we are pleased to announce the creation of Phorogit. This site is a free software repository using the Git version control system. Phorogit is now the home to the fglrx-packaging scripts. For those that use the official ATI Linux driver installer and generate distribution packages using the --buildpkg command, that process relies upon scripts created by distribution maintainers on ATI's closed Linux beta program. Compared to the past where you'd have to wait at least a month for a new driver release to come out in order to get these updated scripts, they will now be freely available at anytime and developed openly. In fact, the packaging scripts for the next ATI driver release (8.43) are already available. The fglrx-packaging repository is where the Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Flag, Slackware, SuSE, and Ubuntu maintainers will be hosting their fglrx installer code. This is also the location where AMD will be pulling the scripts from for each of their driver releases.
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