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.
Xfce, the light-weight *NIX desktop environment that is often placed behind GNOME and KDE, has come out today with its version 4.4 Beta 1 release -- or also titled v126.96.36.199. The Xfce 4.4 branch includes various new tools and most prominently the new Thunar file manager. Significant improvements have also been made to the core Xfce components. The Xfce 4.4 Beta 1 release marks the first new version since the Xfce v188.8.131.52 release in November of last year. More on Xfce Desktop Environment is available from Xfce.