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.
The 1.4 Beta of Skype has entered the world for Linux with a number of improvements. Most noticeably, the Skype GUI has seen many improvements, and a number of new features. Some of the other features include animated emoticons, call forwarding, and status of birthday notifications are just some of the features. This Skype 126.96.36.199 Beta release has also seen a number of clean-ups and bug fixes. You can try it out at Skype.