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.
Ubuntu's Wiki has been updated with some information for Ubucon -- an Ubuntu Conference to be held after LinuxWorld this year. Ubucon is a free Ubuntu-oriented conference, similar to Fedora's FUDCon. The two-day conference begins on August 18 at Google's Mountain View Headquarters. Google is helping out Ubuntu with the conference in form of the venue, and even some food for the attendees. The schedule for this conference is still being worked out. More on this can be found on the Wiki.