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.
Mozilla Firefox 2.0 "Bon Echo" has reached its first release candidate. This release should be very close to the final product that will ship later this year. Among the changes are user interface improvements, anti-phising protection, enhanced search capabilities, inline spell checking, improved tabbing, and much more. The release notes can be found here. Phoronix coverage can be found for Bon Echo Alpha 2 and Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Beta 1.