Geekbench is a cross-platform benchmark that measures processor and memory performance. Geekbench was designed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest technology like multi-core processors and 64-bit operating systems.
I released Geekbench 2.0.9 yesterday. Geekbench 2.0.9 features a new
(proper!) install program for Windows, and high-resolution icons for Mac OS X
Leopard and Windows Vista.
Geekbench 2.0.9 also uses a new serial number algorithm. The old algorithm was
written in a couple of hours before the release of Geekbench 2.0.0, and as such
it was incredibly easy to reverse engineer. Over the past few months several
people have written utilities that generate serial numbers that appear valid.
There will always be people who won’t (or can’t) pay for software, and
trying to stop them from circumventing copy protection mechanisms is practically
impossible. Also, time spent working on these protection mechanisms (like serial
number algorithms) is time not spent on adding features or fixing bugs in
However, there comes a point where the tools used to circumvent the copy
protection mechanisms become so widespread that they’re starting to hurt
sales. So, that’s why there’s a new serial number algorithm in Geekbench
How will this affect you? If you purchased Geekbench before the new serial
number algorithm was released, your current serial number will continue to work
in Geekbench. If you purchase Geekbench after the new algorithm was released,
your serial number will only work in Geekbench 2.0.9 and later.
I really hope the change to a new algorithm is as painless as possible for most
users, but I wanted to talk about it so that it’s as transparent as possible,
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