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 fifth BETA for the upcoming SuSE/OpenSuSE v10.1 has been released. Although a portion of the bugs have been fixed from BETA 4, there continues to remain a great deal of annoying issues with this release (more info here). Meanwhile, a sixth BETA milestone is presently scheduled for March 3 and the schedule after that is still being debated, but with the present number of bugs, there is likely to be even a few more BETA candidates. Anyhow, with the fifth BETA of the Agama Lizard there doesn't appear to be too many new additions to this release other than fixes, and Andreas Jaeger's release announcement is visible on their mailing list. Development downloads are here. It is still advised that BETA 5 be not installed on any production systems.