Ever want to know how your computer stacks up against other computers? Are you running a decent machine or are you seriously underpowered? Debian 5 Lenny provides an easy way to start making some comparisons.
Choose Preferences and “System Profiler and Benchmark”. When the window opens you will see that you can generate a system profile which will provide you with a list of your system resources, hardware, etc. This is a very handy troubleshooting tool. But it also provides a way to benchmark your computer. A benchmark runs a standard test on your hardware and operating system to determine how you stack up against other machines. It will give you a good reference point if you need to convince the wife…you need a new computer!
The benchmarks are at the bottom of the left hand screen. It may be the easiest just to click “Generate Report” at the top of the window because that will run it all and provide the reports in a web browser…easy.
Once you generate the reports you will be able to see how you match up on each of the benchmarks. The comment at the bottom of each window tells you if the best is a higher or lower score in each benchmark. It also compares your score with an Intel processor and a PowerPC. Once you have reviewed your benchmarks closely this is what you say to the wife:
“Honey, Lenny told me I need a new laptop”
“Who is Lenny?”
“Oh, Lenny is my new assistant, he just started work on Valentines Day.”
Good Luck on the laptop.