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.
According to a message yesterday on the X2 - The Threat mailing list by Michael Simms, the CEO of LGP (Linux Game Publishing), a new X2 Beta will be out shortly to the closed testing community, or they may even skip another Beta 6 release candidate and go straight to gold. The Linux port of X2 - The Threat has been available to LGP's closed testing community since late December, and to this point there have been six Beta releases. According to Mr. Simms message, they are still working on trying to make both OSS and ALSA work in the same binary. If they are skipping this final Beta, you can likely find this Linux-native game in the various Internet retailers in the near future. More information will be passed along upon hearing further updates.