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.
If Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is too expensive for your blood, CentOS 5 is now available. CentOS 5 is immediately available for i386 and x86_64 though PowerPC, IA64, and SPARC support is planned for the future. The release announcement is available here. One of the changes for CentOS 5.0 is being completely rebuilt using a newer build system. The release notes are available from the CentOS Wiki.