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I've started the Linux course and they suggest having a system operating. So, my old IBM has Win XP and is therefore idle and available for experiment. The CPU is a 600 mHz Pentium M that should be adequate.
I tinkered with the boot routine and got the Centos menu up but it complains about the inappropriate kernel. Your comments will keep me from charging up a blind alley and I thank you for that especially.
My other machines are Win 8 and I hesitate to go to a dual boot. I did that back in the early days of MS Windows and had some problems. Just recently I loaded a prelim version of MS Win 10 as a dual boot and it cost me one of my favorite time-killer games that I cannot replace.
Anyway, I'm on my way to a version 7 now.
Thanks for taking the time and trouble to help out.
To clarify: the above should be read as two separate statements because booting up the installer may fail for basic resource reasons and not due to the release being unsupported. If that was not what the above message intended to convey then I'll mark that as deliberate misleading information, which would be very bad indeed.
"Pentium M" is a 32-bit processor family. The standard CentOS 7 release is 64-bit only. There has been some work on a 32-bit version, but you won't find it yet on the regular download sites. It's strictly a volunteer effort. Red Hat does not provide a 32-bit version of RHEL 7.
Does that processor support PAE? If not, you'll find that very few modern distros will work. I believe Debian (at least 5, maybe one of the newer ones) can run a non-PAE 32-bit kernel, probably a few others.
Thx ER, that's a really good question. Checking Wikipedia I find:
"The Banias family processors internally support PAE but do not show the PAE support flag in their CPUID information; this causes some operating systems (primarily Linux distributions) to refuse to boot on such processors since PAE support is required in their kernels."
I guess that shoots down my venerable IBM Thinkpad.