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.
Released this morning was the first cross-platform release of XBMC (formerly known as the X-Box Media Center) for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X platforms. This release, codenamed "Atlantis", sporting this multi-platform compatibility also arrives with a new default skin, an XBMC Live distribution as an OS to purely run XBMC, and iTunes/iPhoto integration. The final release of this open-source media center application is expected next month. The release announcement and download links can be found on the XBMC web-site. XBMC is the software that powers Boxee.tv.