Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the founder and principal author of Phoronix, having founded the site on 5 June 2004. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org. Michael has authored thousands of articles on open-source software, the state of Linux hardware and other topics.

Learn more at MichaelLarabel.com or @MichaelLarabel on Twitter.


Some of The Recent Popular Articles By Michael Larabel:

A Look At The Linux vs. Windows Power Use For A Ryzen 7 + Radeon RX Vega Desktop

Recently I have been posting a number of Linux laptop battery benchmarks including how the power consumption compares to Windows 10. If you are curious how these numbers play out on the desktop side and when using AMD hardware, here are some results for your viewing pleasure with a Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon RX Vega 64 desktop system.

25 July - Desktop Power Use - 16 Comments
The Best Features Of The Linux 4.18 Kernel

Following a one week delay, the Linux 4.18 kernel is set to be released this coming weekend. In case you forgot about the new features and improvements since the Linux 4.18 cycle kicked off back in June, here's a look back at some of the most prominent additions for this latest kernel version.

7 August - Linux 4.18 Features - 11 Comments
Linux 4.19 Certainly Is Going To Be A Big Kernel

At the end of July I outlined some of the changes queued for Linux 4.19 while since then several more notable additions have become aligned for this next kernel cycle following the one week delay of Linux 4.18.

10 August - Linux 4.19 Changes - 3 Comments
There Are 600+ Games In The Main Debian Repository

In addition to Keith Packard talking about the state of the Debian GNU/Linux stack for gaming in 2018, during this week's DebConf 18 was a talk by Debian developer Markus Koschany on the state of games for the Linux distribution.

2 August - Debian Games - 16 Comments
The DRM Changes Coming With The Linux 4.19 Kernel

With the cutoff of new feature material to DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 4.19 cycle coming to an end, here is an overview of the prominent Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) changes on the plate for this next kernel version.

25 July - Direct Rendering Manager - Add A Comment
Ubuntu 18.10's New Theme Is Now Yaru

Since the transition from Unity 7 to GNOME Shell as the default desktop environment on Ubuntu, designers have been working on a proper new theme called "Communitheme" while now it has a new name.

24 July - Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Yaru - 22 Comments
What Build System Should Qt 6 Use?

While developers have begun discussing plans for Qt 6.0 with plans to ship this upgraded tool-kit in 2020, one of the unanswered questions is over what build system should Qt 6 be using.

21 July - A Controversial Question - 43 Comments
Linux Kernel Expectations For AMD Threadripper 2

If you have already pre-ordered your AMD Threadripper 2990WX processor or just planning to be an early customer of that high-end desktop processor or the Threadripper 2950X, you may be wondering about Linux requirements from these new high-end AMD CPU offerings. Here's the gist of the Linux support state of AMD Zen+ CPUs for those wanting to get ready for Threadripper 2.

9 August - Threadripper 2950X / Threadripper 2990WX - 11 Comments
Fedora 29 Might Finally Switch To Liberation Fonts 2

Back in 2012 was feature work to upgrade Fedora from using the Liberation Fonts to Liberation Fonts 2. That change at the time for Fedora 19 was then diverted due to the updated fonts causing some fuzzy/blurred rendering. That issue has been fixed now following an update to F18 at the time and with Fedora 29 they are looking at once again trying Liberation Fonts 2 by default.

24 July - Fedora + Liberation Fonta 2 - 11 Comments
Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Released

For those that tend to wait for the first point release of a new Ubuntu LTS release before upgrading, Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" is now available.

26 July - Ubuntu 18.04.1 - 6 Comments
Samsung Galaxy S Support With The Linux 4.19 Kernel

Just in case you have your hands still on the Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy S 4G that were released back in 2010 as once high-end Android smartphones, they have DeviceTree support with the upcoming Linux 4.19 kernel cycle.

19 July - Samsung Galaxy S - 7 Comments