Tom’s Hardware Guide: A Call to Arms: A Proposal for Open-Source Benchmarks

We launch a salvo for consumers. Recent events have
underscored the shortcomings of the mainstream media in providing
objective, reliable coverage of high technology concerns. To insure
the highest degree of objectivity in computer hardware evaluations,
this column proposes an open-source project to develop benchmarking
tools and their associated methodologies….

“To insure that “all hands are above the table” we would like to
propose a comprehensive open-source benchmarking project. The goal
of this project would be to provide a complete application level
benchmark suite as well as an extensive synthetic benchmark suite
and related source code.”

“Armed with such benchmarks, much of the doubt underlying
hardware evaluations would be removed. With the source code readily
available these benchmarks can be rapidly refined to insure utmost