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.
The second Beta for Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake LTS (Long Term Support) has been released. This release coming just days after the initial Beta release, corrects serious flaws with the installer present on the first desktop CD. At this time Beta 2 is available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu. Xubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake Beta 2 is not yet available, but will arrive shortly. Xubuntu is of course the new Ubuntu derivative that is light-weight and ships with the Xfce 4 desktop environment rather than GNOME or KDE. The Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta 2 announcement is here.