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It's approaching five years since Phoronix was conceived and in that time we have published 1,300 featured articles (many of them can be found here) and thousands of news postings that relate to using computer hardware -- both desktop and server related -- on Linux. A vast majority of these articles have been about computer components like motherboards, graphics cards, and processors, but very few have been about retail PCs that consumers can easily buy in stores or on the Internet. That, however, may change.

15 December 2008 - Look For More Coming At Phoronix - Add A Comment
Countdown To Graphics Survey Ending

Our 2008 Linux Graphics Survey is ending this Monday so it's your last chance to submit your survey answers before it's too late! This survey is used to assess the current Linux graphics / X.Org situation, to measure the adoption of different drivers, and find out what areas of Linux graphics that users have the greatest interest. This survey is just eleven questions and should only take a few minutes to complete.

13 December 2008 - It Ends On Monday, Enter Now - 2 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 "Tydal" Alpha 3

It's time for another new development release of the Phoronix Test Suite. We're announcing the availability of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 "Tydal" Alpha 3. This third alpha release is possibly the last build before entering the beta stage and preparing for a final release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 in the first quarter of 2009.

11 December 2008 - PTS Tydal Nears Beta - Add A Comment
One Week Left In Our Graphics Survey

For those interested in participating in our 2008 Linux Graphics Survey, there is just one week left before it ends next week Monday. This short survey is used to assess the interest of different X.Org projects by Linux users and to look at the adoption rates for different hardware, drivers, and X.Org releases.

7 December 2008 - 2008 Linux Graphics Survey - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 "Tydal" Alpha 2

The second development release in the road to Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 "Tydal" is now available. This release brings a number of new user features, pts-core improvements, and bug fixes. Below are some of the key features introduced in Phoronix Test Suite 1.6.0 Alpha 2.

2 December 2008 - Our Benchmarking Software Update - Add A Comment
2008 Linux Graphics Survey Launches

Last year we hosted our first annual Linux Graphics Survey as really the only study that's been done to get a better understanding what the Linux community is using in their computers to fulfill their graphics needs, what their key interests are, and where they are looking for improvements. We're hosting this survey once again so we ask that between now and December 15 you take a few minutes to vote in the 2008 Linux graphics survey.

15 November 2008 - Take Our Graphics Survey - 3 Comments
Phoronix Premium & IRC

With the start of a new month it's time to remind you that you can view Phoronix without any advertisements by becoming a Phoronix Premium member. Phoronix Premium members also get the benefits of viewing multi-page articles on a single page (similar to a "print view" mode) and other advantages. Most notably though, the funds generated are used to support our operations and allows us to continue producing great Linux hardware content and testing software.

1 November 2008 - View Phoronix Without Ads - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 "Orkdal" Beta 1

Following a series of three alpha releases in the Orkdal series, I am pleased to announced the release of the first beta release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.4. There are quite a few changes between Orkdal Alpha 3 and Orkdal Beta 1, but any fallout will be minimal. There is still over a month until Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 will be officially released, but pts-core appears to be in great shape as it stands today. Beta 1 consists of improved hardware detection, support for OpenSolaris 2008.11, enhanced test management, and plenty of other changes.

23 October 2008 - Orkdal Reaches Beta Stage - Add A Comment
Phoronix Joins IDG TechNetwork

We are pleased to announce today at Phoronix that we have joined IDG's TechNetwork, which is a media network of technology sites. As many of you are aware, the parent company IDG owns a number of Internet and print publications such as Computer World, PC World, Linux World, and many others. IDG will be taking control of advertising on Phoronix and the Phoronix Forums effective next month and you may see content syndication on other IDG TechNetwork sites and other new reader features. This move will allow us to continue providing Linux hardware reviews, Linux gaming news, driver coverage, and all of the other features you have become to know and expect from Phoronix. Expect more reader features and even greater content too. We welcome your feedback in the Phoronix Forums.

22 October 2008 - IDG To Handle Advertising - 10 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 Alpha 3 Released

Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 "Orkdal" Alpha 2 was released just a bit more than a week ago with support for benchmarking the Mac OS X operating system. Today though we've already prepared the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.4.0 Alpha 3. There are a number of improvements to the core testing component (pts-core) and nearly all of the test profiles have received updates that allow them to benefit from the latest features in Orkdal.

14 October 2008 - Many More Changes To Testing - 3 Comments
Phoronix Premium Reminder, Go Ad-Free

With the start of a new month, it's time to remind you all about the benefits of joining Phoronix Premium. Phoronix Premium is our very affordable subscription service that allows you to view Phoronix without any embedded advertisements, access our single-page article viewing feature, access an exclusive area on our forums, and the generated funds go to support our operations of covering the Linux hardware scene. Subscribing to this service with your Phoronix Forums account is as little as $2.50 USD per month. We ask that you at least consider this opportunity and if you're interested head on over to the Phoronix Premium page to begin ad-free browsing right now.

4 October 2008 - Help Support Our Operations - 4 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 Beta 3

It's been only five days since the Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 Beta 2 release, but Beta 3 is now ready and has about 50 changes to this release. With a bit of luck, this will also be the last test release before Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 "Malvik" is officially released next week. Below are some of the highlights to this third beta release.

25 August 2008 - Last Beta Release, New Features - 7 Comments
Premium, IRC Reminders At Phoronix

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20 August 2008 - Help Support Our Operations - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 Beta 1

Two months after shipping Phoronix Test Suite 1.0, we're announcing the first beta release for Phoronix Test Suite 1.2. This release incorporates many changes and new features, in fact too many to go over in a single article. There is a modules framework, new dynamic options, new testing options, a new installation system, plenty of bug fixes, and much more. For all of the details on Phoronix Test Suite 1.2.0 "Malvik" Beta 1, check out the mailing list announcement.

6 August 2008 - Many New Features, So Get Testing! - 8 Comments
Phoronix Premium (Ad-Free) Reminder

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27 July 2008 - View Us Without Advertisements! - 9 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.4 Released

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.

18 July 2008 - Another Quick Linux Release - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.3 Released

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.

9 July 2008 - New Test Profiles, A Suite, Etc... - 13 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite Design Contest

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.

1 July 2008 - PTS Logo Design Contest - Add A Comment
Phoronix IRC Channel Reminder

Last month with 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 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.

1 July 2008 - Join #phoronix On FreeNode - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 Branch

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.

29 June 2008 - In Phorogit's Git: trondheim-12 - Add A Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.2 Released

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.

28 June 2008 - New Profiles, Suites, And A Man Page - 1 Comment
Phoronix Test Suite 1.0.1 Released

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.

19 June 2008 - Bug Fixes & More - 1 Comment
Phoronix IRC Channel

Due to the request of users on the Phoronix Forums, we now have a Phoronix IRC channel. On #phoronix at 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!

8 June 2008 - Join #phoronix On FreeNode - 11 Comments
Phoronix Turns Four-Years Old

It was on June 5, 2004 that 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!

5 June 2008 - Happy Birthday! - 5 Comments
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24 May 2008 - Help Support Our Efforts - 9 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 0.5.1 Makes It Out

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.

5 May 2008 - A Few Interesting Changes - 1 Comment
Phoronix Test Suite Mailing List

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.

28 April 2008 - Now Discuss On The Mailing List - Add A Comment
PTS Global Now Supports Registrations

Following yesterday's release of Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.1, users can now register at 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.

20 April 2008 - Phoronix Test Suite Gets Log-In Support - 3 Comments
Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.1 Hot-Fix

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.

19 April 2008 - Fix For PTS Compilation Crashing - Add A Comment

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