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 EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository is now open and available for use. The EPEL repository is the Red Hat enterprise Linux equivalent of Fedora Extras. On top of supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4/5, the RPM repository should also work with CentOS and other RHEL-based distributions. I have covered additional information on EPEL here.