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.
Fedora 7 isn't even a day old but there's already preparations beginning for Fedora 8. The release of Fedora 8 is very tentatively planned for October 31, 2008 while the first test release is planned for July 1. According to the Fedora 8 release schedule there will be four test releases (like we saw with Fedora 7). Some of the features for Fedora 8 that were proposed very early include an improved startup experience, Bigboard as an alternative to the GNOME panel, completing Codec Buddy, Network Manager improvements, implementing PolicyKit, and use pulseaudio as the default audio server. The planned Network Manager improvements are for wpa_supplicant over D-Bus, implementing a configuration interface, and support for multiple devices. KDE 4.0 will also hopefully see the light of day in Fedora 8. Planning for a FUDConHack this summer in either Boston or Raleigh is also underway.