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.
Beryl, one of the popular options for providing "eye candy" on Linux desktops, has reached version 0.2.0. Beryl 0.2.0 states that this new branch takes a huge step away from Compiz, and with Beryl 0.3 it will become even more noticeable that Beryl is taking a different direction from Compiz. In Beryl 0.2.0 are four new plug-ins, new decorations, new settings manager, and new translations. The release announcement can be found in the Beryl blog.