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 beta of Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" was released last week and now arriving is the first beta of Mythbuntu 7.10. Mythbuntu is the Ubuntu derivative designed for HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) and media PCs with MythTV being its key package. Some of the key Mythbuntu 7.10 Beta packages include turning to Xfce as opposed to OpenBox, Network Manager is now included, ubuntu-mythtv-frontend is now used, and new mythbuntu-control-centre features. Some of the other changes include a new GTK theme, enhanced LIRC support for USB devices, and new usplash artwork. Mythbuntu can also be installed via an existing Ubuntu installation. More information is available in the Mythbuntu 7.10 Public Beta release notes.