Only use meaningful Phoronix Test Suite benchmarks in articles
In a comment to your article Ubuntu Intel Performance Still In Bad Shape I wrote the following:
Originally Posted by 7oby
Recently a great blog of intel's performance specialist Carl Worth has been posted addressing exactly those limits of 2D rendering performance benchmarks:
Originally Posted by Carl
I consider the generic Phoronix Test Suite a great tool for automated test execution and data processing of results. Therefore the test suite itself can't be blamed for including sanity tests such as x11perf and gtkperf.
However I encourage the Phoronix team only to use real application tests whereever possible. The generic application capture tool that is proposed by Carl is only available to cairo. But maybe a similar technology will enter phoronix test suite at some point of time.
I was just about to post here about that tool too.
It seems very promising, although it does not fully solve the issue you pointed -- a Qt user is as impacted by GTK rendering performance as it is by cairo rendering performance.
The interesting thing in this case is being able to use real-world data. But yeah, I think this little tool is so promising it even deserves a little phoronix article covering it