Preparing an article for the German Linux Magazin, I had to notice that no standard OpenSource benchmark suite did exist. Of course there are the well-known SPEC suits, but they are not free and cost multiple hundred USD. Most open-source people used their selection of source to benchmark GCC.
So after I did some scripting to build various GCCs automatically and to run benchmarks for buildtime and runtime speed, I decided to open them to the public with the hope to increase the possiblity to agree on a OpenSource benchmark standard (in the future).
Openbench does build uppon already well-known OpenSource packages, including gzip, Bzip2, OpenSSL, GnuPG, libmad, Ogg/Vorbis, Botan, and Linux (2.6.6).
There is no Openbench tarball release yet (too much a moving target). The source can be optained from the Subversion repository.
To improve the benchmark please send feature ideas, report compile problems, bugs via email to email@example.com.