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Type of site Review
Available language(s) English
Owner Michael Larabel
Created by Michael Larabel
Launched June 5, 2004

Phoronix is a technology website that offers product reviews, Linux distribution screenshots, interviews, and news while maintaining a pure Linux orientation. Phoronix was started in June 2004 by Michael Larabel, who currently serves as the owner and editor-in-chief. The name Phoronix is a portmanteau of "phoro-" and "*NIX" for meaning the Linux movement. Phoronix is known for being one of the few Linux review websites that cover computer hardware, especially graphics hardware, and is updated on a daily basis.

On 2007-04-20, Phoronix announced its new website.[1] Also announced was that they would begin offering Solaris hardware reviews and news in addition to their Linux content.[2]

On 2009-07-29, Phoronix announced PTS Desktop Live, its own Linux operating system designed for carrying out system benchmarks and other automated tests using the Phoronix Test Suite.[3]


About Phoronix

Founded on 2004-06-05, Phoronix started as a website with a handful of reviews. At the end of 2004, Phoronix focused its articles specifically toward Linux users after seeing the lack of computer hardware review websites that were devoted to alternative operating systems. Phoronix continues to solely provide Linux hardware coverage, and the most common distribution used with reviews is Ubuntu. Phoronix is most noted for its Linux graphics articles that monitor and compare the ATI and NVIDIA display drivers. Phoronix has also been cited by a number of other technical publications such as CNET News[4][5] and Slashdot.[6] In June 2006 the Phoronix Forums were opened[7] to the Linux community.

Phoronix Test Suite

On 2008-06-05, the 1.0 release of the Phoronix Test Suite was announced. This software was made available under the GPLv3 and is designed to validate software and hardware on Linux. Version 1.0 was made up of 57 test profiles and 23 test suites.[8]

Phoronix Redblog

With the heavily debated quality of the proprietary display device drivers on Linux, the Phoronix editor-in-chief, Michael Larabel, had started a blog about his experience when switching from NVIDIA to ATI graphics.[9] The blog was updated daily for fifty days as he shared first-hand his positive and negative ordeals when investigating the ATI fglrx drivers.


  1. ^ Welcome To The New Phoronix
  2. ^ Phoronix To Support Solaris OS
  3. ^ Announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 "Gernlinden"
  4. ^ New Linux look fuels old debate
  5. ^ Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage
  6. ^ The State of ATI Drivers on GNU/Linux
  7. ^ Phoronix Forums Launch
  8. ^
  9. ^ Redblog Introduction

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