Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
With open-source solutions like Amarok, Rhythmbox, and mplayer, RealNetwork's RealPlayer (or its open-source Helix base) aren't the most popular media-playback solution on Linux. However, RealNetworks has announced the release of both Helix Player 11 and RealPlayer 11 for Linux. RealPlayer 11 now supports playing back Windows Media content (on Linux), an integrated play-list editor, and support for Perfect Play (Superbuffer). In addition, ALSA and surround sound playback are finally supported by this media player. The announcement and download links can be found from the Helix Community Website.