does red hatlinux 9 support intel core 2 duo and intel DG965RY motherboard
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No it doesn't. You'd be better off using a newer distribution. Red Hat 9 is from around the year 2000, there are not longer security updates for it. If you like the Red Hat distro, try Fedora (the community version of Red Hat) or CentOS (a clone of Red Hat Enterprise).
Or if you want to try something new, take a quiz from my signature and visit distrowatch. Any of the top 10 on Distrowatch should work on a core duo, assuming you get the latest version of course...
As pjvaldez suggested (and in my sig block) Redhat 9 was discontinued a long time ago. Please consider switching to a newer, supported distro. The modern equivalent to Redhat 9 is now Fedora Core 6 (note that Fedora 7 is just around the corner) Upgrading is a short term hassle but will give you a long term gain
I agree with the previous posters but I'd like to add that even FC6 is very likely to give you one particularly annoying issue: if you use SATA hard drives, FC6 may fail to see them during install. This issue has been reported for several Intel motherboards that have the Jmicron IDE controller. My ASUS motherboard has this same controller and I had some issues installing FC5 but I could install FC6 without too many problems; from what I've read, the issue was not solved for Intel motherboards. You should be fine if you use a 2.6.20 kernel but the FC6 install DVD comes with a 2.6.18. Which means that you'll either have to look for a workaround or wait for Fedora 7.
i recently had experience with a c2d processor and intel dg965ryck board with western digital 160GB SATA HDD, now the problem is i tried CentOS 3.5, Mandriva 10.1, Suse 9.2,Ubuntu 5 ,Fedora core 2 & 6 and red hat 9. all these distros have made me go nuts!!!i badly need to have linux on that system. Everytime setupe starts it needs SATA drivers.
Now what is the preferred distro that u guys here would recommend? a more professional distro is welcomed!
i found on intel's site that mandriva 2007 64bit edition is supported.What ya people here have to say?
You have to stay away from obsolete versions. Sata is a rather new technology so older versions will not know what to do with it. Look at Centos 5 (my pick), RHel 5, Fedora 7. If you pick a current version they should be able to handle the sata issues.
The other thing you must learn if you are going to run Linux is that you HAVE to pick your hardware for it. A LOT of hardware manufactures will not release the internal specs of their hardware and will not provide Linux drivers. Without those specs it is very difficult to write a driver for that hardware. ATI is a good example. They make fine video cards but they will not release the specs (neither will Nvida) and they only sort of keep current drivers made (no F7 drivers are available). This is why so many people running Linux run Nvidia cards. While the Nvidia drivers are by no means perfect, they are generally usable. In the Raid world Promise is very close to ATI in its drivers support (getting better?). That is why 3ware and (senior moment) are so much more popular with Linux (they provide decent drivers).