OpenSolaris 2008.05 has been supported since Phoronix Test Suite 1.2, but with the forthcoming 2008.11 release there are a few changes that cause issues with the Phoronix Test Suite. This beta release has been reworked accordingly so that it should run properly on both OpenSolaris 2008.05 and 2008.11. Enhanced hardware detection is also supported through reading information supplied by Sun's Device Driver Utility. The micro-timer framework introduced in Orkdal also had to be tweaked slightly in order to support the OpenSolaris PHP binary. All test profiles have also been updated to reflect whether the test is compatible with the OpenSolaris Operating System. To see which tests are supported on your platform, run phoronix-test-suite list-tests. The list-suites argument will also auto-update depending upon the tests that are supported.
This release also has more improvements for hardware detection. When it comes to graphics cards, there's a few more tweaks that should cause the open-source (ATI and Intel) drivers to be better recognized in some situations. The Phoronix Test Suite is now capable of reading DMI/SMBIOS using dmidecode when /dev/mem is readable. The DMI information is used to supply the system memory speed, capacity, and bank information when reporting the system components.
Starting with Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 Beta 1, when a test is installed the motherboard, processor, operating system, and compiler version are tracked. Subsequently when running a test if any of those tracked hardware/software components are changed it will force the re-installation of that test. In particular this will ensure that tests being built from source-code will use available build capabilities to the system and prevent users from forcing in "third party" binaries.
Some of the other work in this release includes code cleaning, various function optimizations, the ability for tests to append a "test note" when saving the test results, completing the Cascading Test Profile (CTP) implementation, support for reading the hard drive model on Mac OS X (the Linux hard drive model reading support was added in Alpha 3), graph rendering adjustments, and PTS module improvements. A number of test profiles and suites have also been updated. Additionally, a test suite named "nevada" has been added to reflect the main OpenSolaris tests (Nevada is Sun's codename for the next-generation of Solaris). New on the test side of things is the bork test profile, which represents the Java-powered Bork File Encryption program.
The source-code to Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 "Orkdal" Beta 1 can be downloaded here. The 1.4.0 Alpha 3 to 1.4.0 Beta 1 change-log can be read on the mailing list.