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.
If you were hoping to run Ubuntu 8.04 on your Sun UltraSPARC T2 "Niagara 2" processor, guess again. It was just two years ago that Mark Shuttleworth announced at JavaOne 2006 that Ubuntu would be supporting Sun's SPARC architecture starting with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Since then, SPARC versions of Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 have also been produced. However, Ubuntu's support of SPARC has now come to a close. The forthcoming LTS release of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" will arrive without any support for Sun's processors. The only officially released architectures will be for i386 and x86_64 due to a decision made by the Ubuntu Technical Board. The announcement was made on the ubuntu-devel-announce list.