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.
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron" is due out next week as the successor to Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" and the previous LTS release, Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake." In order to catch any last minute bugs, Canonical is today announcing the release of the Ubuntu 8.04 Release Candidate. This is the final version of Ubuntu 8.04 aside from any last-minute changes. The release announcement and download links for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and the rest of the *buntu family can be found in this mailing list message. For the changes incorporated into Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, check out our Ubuntu 8.04 articles.