Uh, why would you want to install OLD versions? Especially VERY old versions?
Yes, it's true that old versions won't necessarily support new hardware.
If you need to run an old Redhat (for example, for a legacy application), then why don't you "virtualize" it?
That is, why don't you install the old Redhat on virtual machine (Xen, Vmware - whatever) that's running on a CURRENT Linux on your NEW hardware?
It's more economical, it's easier to maintain, and it's likely a far more robust solution going forward.
If you go with a VM, you'll automatically get "standard" hard drives, display adapters and network cards. Which ELIMINATES most of the driver problems you're likely to encounter trying to install on "real hardware".
Last edited by paulsm4; 12-14-2010 at 03:05 AM.