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Old 01-13-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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Can RHEL 5.4 be installed on newer systems?


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.

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 01-13-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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it should work just fine, but RHEL on laptops is usually pretty horrible. I'd suggest putting it inside a virtual machine on a laptop running a more modern and hardware friendly distro.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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Thanks! I'm not sure if the virtual machine route is an option for us but I'll keep it in mind.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 10:37 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by crdvis16 View Post
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.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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CERN have, I believe, Scientific Linux on all their computers, including laptops. And SL is just a free Red Hat.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #6
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SL 6 however adds a LOT of rpms to the distro

programs that are on part of RHEL

64 release notes
http://ftp.scientificlinux.org/linux...notes-6.4.html

added to rhel base
http://ftp.scientificlinux.org/linux...6.4.html#added

also CERN selected laptops to be used
they did not randomly buy random laptops and try to install SL on them

they bought ones THAT will run it .


i like that XP analogy

RHEL5.4 is OLD the current minor version is RHEL 5.10
5.4 is 6 versions old

so not really XP
but more like XP ( with NO !!! service packs) no SP1,no SP2 and No sp3

the XP from 2001 using Internet explorer 4

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