After a hot summer of statements against Novell rival and critiques from the community for delays, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 finally appeared as public beta.
This 5th generation introduces a new packaging structure, organized in 3 roles for Server Edition and 3 roles for Client Edition.
In both of them has been introduced the much awaited Xen integration with the Virtualization role.
For this integration, available for all architectures (x86, x64 and IA64), Red Hat introduced a new Gnome application called Virtual Machine Manager, able to configure, monitor and remotely view Xen virtual machines.
Read the official announcement to understand how to download RHEL 5 beta 1 and unlock packaging roles.
Download Virtual Machine Manager here.
The virtualization.info Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.