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 10,000 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 or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
Over a year after starting development on the LAME (LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder) 3.97 branch, the first Beta has been released. Some of the stated improvements include improved built-in presets, faster performance, and an updated DirectShow interface. More can be found at the SourceForge page.