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.
Due to the holidays, Linus Torvalds was a bit late in pushing out the Linux 2.6.24-rc4 kernel, but it's now been released. The Linux 2.6.24-rc4 kernel has a few architecture updates (including x86), minor ACPI changes, driver updates (USB, IDE, SCSI, network, etc), and last but not least some file-system updates. The Linux 2.6.24-rc4 kernel release announcement can be read at Kernel Trap.