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.
While it may not be as exciting as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the fifth update for RHEL4 is now available for downloaded. When it comes to new kernel features in RHEL4.5, the most noticeable change is a paravirtualized kernel for i686 and x86_64 with installation of paravirt RHEL4.5 guests. Among the new hardware supported is Intel's ICH9 Southbridge and AMD quad-core support. Additional information on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 can be found in the Red Hat mailing list announcement.