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.
It's been just over a month since the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but the first alpha release for the next major Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 8.04, is now less than a week away. We shared with you back during the Ubuntu Live conference that Ubuntu 8.04 will be a Long Term Support release, similar to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. The codename for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is Hardy Heron. Once Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 1 is released we will provide screenshots and additional coverage. There are six Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha and one Beta releases before its final release in April. The Hardy Heron release schedule is available from the Ubuntu Wiki.