Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
After Google had released Picasa for GNU/Linux using WINE as an emulation layer, they have now released Google Earth 4 Beta and with that comes native Linux support. Our friend Icculus (Ryan Gordon) has apparently been working for Google on this port, and was his secret project. WINE was not used in this Google Earth port. Icculus' post can be found here and also at Google.