Originally Posted by crdvis16
Hey, I have what I hope is a quick question- can RHEL version 5.4 be installed on a newer laptop? The laptop in question is a Dell 4700 (i7 2.7GHz) and it must have RHEL 5.4 installed rather than a newer version (we don't want to change kernels since our stuff has only been tested and verified with that specific kernel in the past).
Sorry if this is a dumb question- I'm relatively new to all things linux.
The best reply would be "call Red Hat support and ask them". RHEL is not free, and if you're using it (you mention 'our stuff', so assuming you're at a business), you need to be paying for it. They can tell you what hardware it will run on. After that, the answer would be "maybe, and maybe with a LOT of problems".
Honestly, your question isn't dumb, but I think its misguided. You're specifically asking how to run a version of a commercial OS, which is now UNSUPPORTED
, with no bugfixes/security updates/patches, in order to run software that your company wrote. To translate this into a Windows equivalent question:
"We have a piece of software that needs to run on Windows XP, can it support new hardware?" You wouldn't ask that question, since your company would say that XP is unsupported at this point, and is essentially a dead end. You'd update your code to use Windows-whatever...and this is no different. Update your code to work with the new versions of Linux.