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.
After a one-week delay of FC5T3, due to having the need to rebuild the entire distribution due to changes in the most recent version of GCC, Fedora Core 5 Test 3 has finally been released. As the release announcements cite, changes consist of Xen with the x86_64 packages, package selection within the reinstaller enabled, re-built using a newer GNU Compiler Collection snapshot of Version 4.1 (for performance and security), improved hibernation function, PowerPC Install CDs are bootable again, unified SRPM (Source RPM) set rather than a per architecture basis, lots of bug fixes beyond Fedora Core 5 Test 2, and 1600+ packages in the yum repository. Mirrors for Fedora Core 5 Test 3 are available here. Fedora Core 5 is still scheduled for a final release on March 15, which is scheduled for the same day as the launch of GNOME v2.14! Official Phoronix coverage of Fedora Core 5 Test 3 will be coming this week with new screenshots as well as a performance examination.