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.
While most of the desktop Linux community's attention is on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon that is being released in just two weeks, today marks the release of OpenSuSE 10.3. While the announcement will be officially made anytime now with the ISOs being available from their FTP server, among its updated packages are OpenOffice.org 2.3, VirtualBox 1.5, and GNOME 2.20.0. Among the new innovations in OpenSuSE 10.3 include a new Novell updating applet, redesigned network card module, and OpenSuSE community repositories. More is available at the OpenSuSE website and the announcement will come through the opensuse-announce list.