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.
A day after the release of GNOME 2.19.6 is the availability of KDE 4.0 Beta 1. The library interface for KDE 4.0 is now under a full freeze. Some of the specific improvements in this first KDE 4.0 beta include Marble (similar to Google Earth), Dolphin integration, Okular, and KDE-PIM to just name a few. KDE 4.0 might also support the Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets. Last but not least, coinciding with the release of KDE 4.0 Beta 1 is KOffice 2.0 Alpha 2. More information is available in this KDE press release.