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.
Continuing in the bi-weekly ritual, another issue of Nouveau Companion is now available. Nouveau Companion 19 looks in-depth at the TTM manager, Vacation of Code, lack of XvMC for GeForce 8 graphics cards, and the current status of the open-source NVIDIA driver. Some of the recent changes to the Nouveau driver is NV15 3D rendering fixes, vertex program problems, and more RandR 1.2 work. Also, the Nouveau driver port for *BSD is back on track, but they are in need of help to finish porting the driver and testing. Nouveau Companion 19 can be read on the FreeDesktop Wiki.