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.
KDE 4.1.0 is due for release in July and in preparation of this first major update on the KDE4 code-base there was the release of KDE 4.1 Beta 1 last month. With about a month before the final release, the KDE community has today come together and released KDE 4.1 Beta 2. This testing release incorporates new language bindings, usability improvements with the Dolphin file manager, and improvements with Gwenview (the KDE4 image viewer). The KDE 4.1.0 final release is scheduled for July 29, 2008. The full press release can be read at KDE.org.