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, has reached version 1.4.5. New in Amarok 1.4.5 is an integrated Shoutcast stream directory, support for custom labels, Magnatune redownload manager, and improved sound quality when using the equalizer with Xine. Development of Amarok 2.0 for use with KDE 4.0 is also underway. Download links and information is available here.