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 20,000 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, LinkedIn, or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 5 is now available for download. This is the first Ubuntu alpha release since the 8.04 feature freeze, and now planning is also underway for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. The complete list of features (and download links) can be found on the Ubuntu Wiki. Likewise, the release announcement can be read on ubuntu-devel-announce. There is one more Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha release planned before the beta/RC and then the final release in April.