Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.0 Released

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| Less than two weeks ago Phoronix Test Suite 0.2.0 was released, which
| featured a number of profile updates, improved Linux hardware detection, and
| incorporating other feedback voiced by the initial users of this Linux
| benchmarking suite. Last Saturday version 0.2.1 was then released with
| initial support for PTS External Dependencies, a GLMark profile, GtkPerf
| profile, FRAC Benchmark profile, and other fixes. Continuing in an expedited
| development process, Phoronix Test Suite 0.3.0 has been released this morning
| with a number of major changes, including new test profiles and architectural
| improvements.

Days ago:

Web-based Linux benchmarking site debuts

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| Timesys has joined up with information services company TechInsights to
| announce an online service for Linux developers wishing to benchmark their
| software on specific hardware targets. combines the TechInsights
| VirtuaLab online lab environment with the Timesys DIY LinuxLink development
| environment. Â* Â*

Fat, fatter, fattest: Microsoft’s kings of bloat

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| Our tests show that Windows Vista and Office 2007 not only smash Redmond’s
| previous records for weight gain, but given the same hardware diet, run at
| less than half the speed of generation XP

Putting Windows On A Diet ... To Compete With Linux

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| How scared is Microsoft of Linux? There's a hint or two of its fear in the
| fact that MS is preparing a special slim-and-trim version of Windows XP,
| within the next month or two, to run specifically on Asus's Eee PC. You'd
| think maybe it could have done this slimming-down sooner -- something that
| Linux already does without breaking a sweat.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

Microsoft's SEC:

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| A prominent example of open source software is the Linux operating system...
| To the extent open source software gains increasing market acceptance, sales
| of our products may decline, we may have to reduce the prices we charge for
| our products, and revenue and operating margins may consequently decline.