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.
KDE 4.1 is the first release on the KDE 4.0 code-base that many feel will be ready for general adoption by desktop users, which is currently slated for release in July. Shipping this afternoon, however, is the first alpha release of KDE 4.1. KDE 4.1 is based upon Trolltech's Qt 4.4 technology, will ship with the Akonadi PIM engine, and many bug fixes since the original KDE 4.0 release. KDE 4.1 will be available for not only Linux, but also Windows, Mac OS X, and OpenSolaris. The press release for KDE 4.1 Alpha 1 can be read at KDE.org.