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.
While the Linux 2.6.24 kernel isn't out in time for the holidays, Linus Torvalds has just released the Linux 2.6.24-rc6 kernel. The most important work since 2.6.24-rc5 includes Serial ATA fixes for ACPI events (libata-acpi) and new watchdog drivers, but for the most part this release is made up of small fixes. The Linux 2.6.24 final release is expected in early January. The 2.6.24-rc6 announcement can be read at LKML.