Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
The announcement has just come down that Gentoo 2006.0 has been released. Packed in this first release for the year is KDE v3.4.3, GNOME v2.12.2, XFCE v4.2.2, GCC v3.4.4, and the Linux 2.6.15 kernel. Also in this release are improvements for 32-bit and 64-bit userlands as well as optimizations for G5 and POWER5 processors. There are also vast improvements to the Gentoo v2006.0 LiveCD. A list of mirrors is available here.