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 that Linux 2.6.26-rc8 would be the last release candidate and the Linux 2.6.26 kernel would be released over the Independence Day weekend here in the US, guess again. There was enough fallout from the 2.6.26-rc8 release that Linus Torvalds has decided to issue a Linux 2.6.26-rc9 kernel release. This update brings a number of fixes, but there still are quite a few regressions and other problems. There are a few security fixes, fix Intel Mac booting with EFI, VFS fixes, and many other changes. Making up the bulk of the Linux 2.6.26-rc9 kernel is a new UVC video driver for the standard USB Video Class specification. The Linux 2.6.26-rc9 announcement can be read on LKML.org.