In Windows 7 there is a tool that calculates some kind of index of your machine: the performance index. I am not sure how it is done, but it is nice to know, to be able to compare machines.

Does anybody know of anything similar for ubuntu?


Phoronix Test Suite is a complete benchmark facility that works on any Linux distribution, Windows and MacOSX systems.

Here are its features:

  • 130+ Test Profiles 60+ Test Suites
  • Extensible Testing Architecture
  • Optional Linux-based LiveDVD/USB
  • Testing Distribution (PTS Desktop Live) Automated Test Installation
  • Dependency Management Support
  • Module-based Plug-In Architecture
  • PNG, JPG, GIF, Adobe SWF, SVG Graph
  • Rendering Support Automated Batch
  • Mode Support Global Database For Result Uploads, Benchmark Comparisons
  • Detailed Software, Hardware Detection
  • System Monitoring Support GTK2
  • Graphical User Interface + Command-Line Interface Runs On Linux, OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, Windows 7, & BSD Operating Systems

You can download it from: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/

Some screenshots:

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Hardinfo can gather information about your system's hardware and operating system, perform benchmarks, and generate printable reports either in HTML or in plain text formats.

sudo apt-get install hardinfo

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  • I edited my answer. Yes, checkbox-gtk wasn't the right tool.
    – Sid
    Nov 8 '10 at 11:40

Monitoring Your System Performance in Ubuntu

You can have better system performance if you are monitoring your system properly. Every operating system has the tools and techniques to monitor the system performance , ubuntu too has tools to monitor.You can monitor your Ubuntu system in one of the following ways.

Use System Monitor

System Monitor is a default installed utility to monitor the system. It can be loaded from Applications > System Tools > System Monitor. alt text

Use Saidar

You can use the saidar tool to monitor your system. It is a tool which shows system performance in terminal. So to use saidar, you must be familiar with terminal. To install it, simply run following command in terminal.

sudo apt-get install saidar

Once installation is complete, open your terminal and type saidar

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You will get information about your CPU and memory in terminal.

Also see the following links,it may help you



There no application benchmark as simple as the Windows vista/7 index. Phoronix Test Suite is a really powerfull and complete benchmark tool, it would be a great addition to it, maybe we should propose it to the phoronix team.

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