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.
The first public Beta of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 is now available for download. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 ships with Xen virtualization, smartcard integration, SELinux Security, installer improvements, new driver model, and clustering with cluster file system support. RHEL 5 Beta 1 is available in i386, x86_64, and initial IA64 support. The release announcement can be found at rhelv5-announce list.