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.
Today is the package check-in for the second Beta in the path to GNOME 2.18.0. GNOME 2.18.0 Beta 2 (2.17.91) will see its release this Wednesday -- February 14 -- which is one month to the day for the release of GNOME 2.18. At the end of February will be the first and only release candidate in the GNOME 2.17/2.18 series. This week's release of GNOME 2.17.91 also marks the start of the string freeze for GNOME 2.18.0.