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.
The most recent move out of the Ubuntu Foundation has been the creation of an ubuntu-desktop-effects team. This group of people will focus on the integration of 3D effects into the Ubuntu desktop using Compiz, XGL, and AIGLX. At the time of posting there are currently no open bugs for this department, no support requests, and there are ten direct members. More on this desktop effects team can be found at Launchpad. Mark Shuttleworth has pointed out on his blog that they are also in need of experienced OpenGL developers. The official project announcement can be read here.