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.