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.
While all of the KDE attention as of late has surrounding KDE 4, the K Desktop release team has put together a new KDE 3.5 release. The KDE 3.5 branch is now in a maintenance mode, but this new KDE 3.5.9 release brings a new package. KDE 3.5.9 adds enterprise-grade PIM (Personal Information Management) support to those who haven't yet moved to the KDE 4.0 series. Those using KDE-PIM, such as KMail and KOrganizer, have also been updated as a result. Other non-PIM releated improvements in KDE 3.5.9 include a favorite emails folder view inside KMail, easier scheduling in KOrganizer, and improvements to KAlarm and KAddressBook. Further adding to this release are also a number of bug-fixes. More information is available in the KDE press release.