Of course, quite easily you can already compare your results to others via Phoronix Global, but the reference systems will be broken down into just a few categories -- likely Low, Medium, and High end systems. This feature provides a quick assessment at how your Linux, *BSD, OpenSolaris, or Mac OS X system is performing compared against standard systems. More details on this feature can be found in this forum thread. Below is also a video that demonstrates this feature from the GTK2 interface.
Other features in this second beta include a new hardware sensor infrastructure, download caches on removable media devices are now supported on Mac OS X, there are various GTK2 improvements, and lastly there is a variety of small bug-fixes and enhancements.
Outside of pts-core, several test profiles have been added and many others have been updated against their latest upstream versions. POV-Ray, C-Ray, and Bwfirt are the new test profiles in this release, which all happen to be multi-threaded ray-tracing benchmarks. Among the updated test profiles are build-mysql, build-apache, build-imagemagick, compress-7zip, openssl, and sqlite. With the three new test profiles, there are now 90 test profiles in Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 (and 38 test suites). For some other statistics, the phoronix-test-suite package is made up of about 39,600 lines of code -- about 20,100 lines of that is the pts-core engine.
Those interested in testing out Phoronix Test Suite 1.8.0 Beta 2 can download this latest version via Phorogit or at the download page.
The final release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.8.0 "Selbu" can be expected by mid-April. Depending upon feedback and what ends up getting merged in the next week or two, there may be a third and final beta in early April. Share your thoughts on this latest update to our premiere testing software on the Phoronix Forums or the Phoronix Test Suite mailing list.