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.
Two weeks ago we provided a tour of OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 (a.k.a. Project Indiana Preview 2), and this afternoon this desktop Solaris operating system has finally shipped. OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 ships with Nevada Build 79b, pkg improvements, ksh93 is now the default system shell, several new packages (marking the inclusion of OpenOffice.org), the Java Run-Time Environment is also bundled into OpenSolaris, and new hardware drivers. The release announcement and download links can be found on the indiana-discuss list. The first major release of OpenSolaris (Indiana) is planned for March of 2008, but as this second preview is getting out late, we wouldn't be surprised if the release is pushed back.