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.
On the horizon for the Linux 2.6.24 kernel are several driver, USB, and PCI subsystem updates. Greg Kroah-Hartman not only made news today about developing open-source drivers free of charge to companies willing to provide the needed technical information, but he has also issued the state of the Linux Driver Core, USB, and PCI subsystems. There are a number of updates planned for these three Linux subsystems that he is the maintainer of, especially for the Universal Serial Bus (USB) in the Linux 2.6.24 kernel. Greg's status reports (as of the Linux 2.6.23-rc8 kernel) for the Linux PCI, USB, and Driver Core subsystems can be read here, here, and here.