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.
As the first major update to the KDE 4.0 code-base, KDE 4.1 is scheduled to be released later this month. The most recent development release was KDE 4.1 Beta 2, but arriving this afternoon is KDE 4.1 Release Candidate 1. The final release is planned for July 29 with this being the latest test release before then to work out any last minute problems. The KDE 4.1 RC1 press release comes with a warning for those using NVIDIA's binary driver that there are currently some known performance problems.