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.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) shipped this past March and about four months later we have the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1. RHEL 5.1 on all supported architectures is a minor update that offers virtualization improvements, laptop and desktop improvements, storage improvements, and a variety of other improvements. The virtualization improvements include complete Itanium2 virtualization support, support for 32-bit PV guests on 64-bit hosts, and libvirt updates. There is a horde of known issues with RHEL 5.1 Beta, but if you're interested check out the Red Hat announcement. The final release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 is slated for later this year.