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.
While Firefox 2.0 isn't expected for a final release until early 2007, the second Beta of Mozilla Firefox 2.0 (Bon Echo) has been released. Of the many changes in this beta release include an updated Firefox 2 theme and visual effects, built-in phishing detector, enhanced search capabilities, improved tabbed browsing, browser resume session, preview/subscribe to RSS feeds, in-line spell checker, live titles, and improved add-on manager. The various Beta packages can be downloaded from Mozilla. Phoronix had previously provided a tour of Bon Echo (Firefox 2) as well as screenshots of Beta 1.