Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
Last week we reported on the Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 release, and with that the first Alpha release for Mozilla Firefox 3.0 is now out the door! Gran Paradiso is both the codename for Firefox 3.0 as well as Gecko 1.9 (as well as being the highest mountain group in the Graian Alps). Some the changes between Firefox 2.0 and Firefox 3.0 Alpha 1 is the Cairo graphics library being used by default, updated threading model, changes to how DOM events are dispatched, changes to how