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.
The first alpha release for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" was supposed to be out over two weeks ago, but now Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 has finally made it out on this Friday night. There isn't much to look at unless you're a developer or Ubuntu-phile, but Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 has a massive selection of updated packages from Debian. Beyond that, the Ubuntu 8.10 features are still forming. The Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 release announcement can be read on the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list and checking out the Ubuntu Alpha 1 page. Intrepid Alpha 1 can be downloaded here (along with updates for Kubuntu and Xubuntu). We'll have more on this testing release out on Phoronix tomorrow. Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" Alpha 2 should be out by the middle of July.