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.
With two weeks since the 2.6.16 kernel was released, the first release candidate has come out for 2.6.17. Both the short and long change-logs are quite huge. Among the many changes is merged support for Sun Microsystem's Niagara architecture, and according to Linus Torvalds there is also a lot of other stuff going on with DVB re-organizations, nfs/knfsd updates, x86_64/parisc/mips/powerpc updates, ALSA, SCSI, and Infiniband. More clean-ups are also done under the hood. As always, these tarballs and other patches are available from the Linux Kernel Archives.