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.
Amarok, the popular KDE media player, is now at version 1.4.4 with some enticing features. Amarok can now boast that it's the first open-source media player to offer native support for a DRM-free music store (Magnatune), and many other features and bug-fixes have also been included in this release. More information can be found at the Amarok KDE project site.