Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, and technology analyst.
Michael is the founder of Phoronix Media, an Internet media company that has become the
leader in providing original Linux hardware content, performance benchmarking and graphics driver information.


Phoronix.com is Michael Larabel's leading web property. It was founded in 2004 and attracts more than a quarter of a billion hits annually and is frequently cited as being the leading source for those interested in computer hardware and Linux. It offers insights regarding the development of the Linux kernel, product reviews, interviews, and news regarding free and open-source software. Phoronix is ranked as one of the top 3,000 web-sites in the world by Netcraft and has received countless other accolades.


Launched in 2008, Michael Larabel is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite. This award winning benchmarking and performance profiling software is used in validating hardware, tracking performance regressions, and monitoring hardware performance under Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows, and Solaris platforms. The Phoronix Test Suite is developed in conjunction with leading computer hardware vendors and is used globally by many public organizations, governments, educational institutions, independent software vendors, independent hardware vendors, and other Fortune 500 companies.


Developed as part of the Phoronix Test Suite, Michael also spearheaded the designs of the Phoromatic remote test management software, the PTS Desktop Live operating system, the collaborative OpenBenchmarking.org platform, and other software projects. This test orchestration software has been described as "the best benchmarking platform", "an impressive, fast-developing general-purpose testing suite for both software and hardware", and "takes benchmarking to a whole new level", among other praise that it has received.

OpenBenchmarking.org is an open, collaborative testing platform. The OpenBenchmarking.org infrastructure provides public and private storage of test result data (including system logs) and effective collaboration tools for sharing results and efficiently comparing multiple test result sets. OpenBenchmarking.org also provides a package management system for making accessible new, updated, and third-party test profiles / suites to the users of the Phoronix Test Suite.

Michael has contributed to, been featured in, interviewed, and quoted by several technology publications and media outlets. Among the many publications are Linux+DVD magazine, TIME, TechWorld Sweden, Fedora Weekly News, CNET Networks, TechTarget, TechRadar, Chip Design Magazine, TechNewsWorld, InformationWeek, Linux Devices, Ubuntistas, Linux Planet, Linux.com, Everyday Linux, Linux Action Show, Blog Talk Radio, PC Plus, WIRED Magazine, and Engadget.

Michael has spoken at industry conferences and events such as the Southern California Linux Expo, Ubuntu Developer Summit, MIT, Boston BLU, Chicago Linux Users' Group, and the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. He has additionally authored more than 1,000 articles on the state of Linux graphics drivers and more than 6,000 articles on the Linux hardware ecosystem.

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