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.
Gossip, a Linux instant messaging (IM) client designed for GNOME that is based upon the Jabber protocol, has reached the version 0.10.2 milestone. In Gossip 0.10.2, there is a great deal of new features, bug fixes, and translations. Some of the new features include runtime controlled debugging facilities, updated the integrated spell checker, cleaned up the Glade windows, addressed several Jabber-related items, and improved the X screen-saver detection. Some of the bugs that were addressed included make the accounts information file unreadable by others than the owner, using iso-codes for the language names for spell checking, and changed some keyboard mnemonics for chat windows. Seven new translations were also updated in this Gossip v0.10.2 release. More information on this project is available from their Gossip page.