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.
If you're curious about Solaris/OpenSolaris support on your computer hardware, Sun's Check Tool 1.3 is now available. Check Tool 1.3 is an update to the previously reviewed Check Tool 1.2, but adds the Solaris 10 8/07 kernel, X.Org driver detection for video devices, and an updated driver database. Previous to this 11/06 kernel upgrade, Sun's Check Tool had used the Solaris 10 11/06 kernel. The X.Org driver detection now makes it possible to detect what X.Org driver you'll need for your graphics hardware. More information on the x86 Installation Check Tool is available at the BigAdmin HCL.