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.
At the 2006 Desktop Linux Summit, Linspire has announced the creation of Freespire. Freespire serves as a community powered FREE Linux distribution that is funded and supported by Linspire. The Freespire distribution is Debian-based, 100% free yet allows the user option of installing some proprietary packages. The distribution itself is free but like Linspire, Freespire has the abilities to use the CNR (Click 'n Run) Warehouse for easily attaining software packages. While no Beta release of the Freespire distribution is available at the time of writing, its website is available. More information on this community project will likely come shortly.