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.
Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" is using Fedora/Red Hat's system-config-printer to replace gnome-cups-manager, and now another Fedora-spawned project is available as Debian packages for Ubuntu. IcedTea was started as a project by Red Hat that uses the OpenJDK code but for legal reasons it's called "IcedTea" and currently depends upon some non-free bits of code to build. Matthias Klose of Ubuntu has now produced IcedTea Debian packages for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon. These packages are for i386, lpia, and x86_64. It doesn't look like the IcedTea packages will appear in the Ubuntu spin but is rather targeted for developers until all of the Ubuntu Java/OpenJDK issues are worked out. Find out more on the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list.