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.
Google's Summer of Code has just entered its second year. Summer of Code 2006 is designed for students and is used to promote programming, as well as open-source software, through the summer months when most of these participants are away from school. The participating mentoring organizations include Apache, FreeBSD, GCC, GAIM, Gallery, Google, ICU, Open Security Foundation, Python Software Foundation, Subversion, PERL Foundation, and the WINE Project. While for those students, Google isn't yet accepting applications, more information on this 2006 Summer of Code is available at Google Code.