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.
If you're looking to experiment with OpenSolaris but aren't turned on by Project Indiana, the Nexenta team is out with a new Core Platform release. Nexenta is an operating system that combines the OpenSolaris kernel with GNU applications. This new release, Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 RC2, is based upon OpenSolaris build 80+ with support for in-place (live) and safe upgrades. There is also Nexenta Zones improvements. This release also integrates NWS, AVS, COMSTAR, and an in-kernel CIFS client. Download links and more information for Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 RC2 is available from the project website.