--- In email@example.com
, "Thad Floryan" <thad@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "spraudp" <pieters@> wrote:
> > [...]
> > Is anyone aware of issues I might face installing Red Hat Linux 9
> > on a new HP machine running Vista 64 bit?
> First and foremost: RH9 doesn't support SATA drives. RH9 is circa
> 2002-2003. Though I have it running on an old Dell Laptop, it will
> not run on modern hardware. The kernel is 2.4. Every HP/Compaq system
> I've seen since (at least) 2007 has SATA drives.
> > 1. I assume I will have to set up dual boot, since the machine
> > doesn't have a floppy drive. It has been my practice to boot my
> > Linux system on other machines using a floppy, so as not to fool
> > around with the boot sector.
> Yes on dual-boot, but you're not even going to get there with RH9 if
> your system has SATA drives (HD and/or CD/DVD).
> > [...]
> > I am very wary with this Vista 64 bit machine, since so many
> > programs that run perfectly well on Windows machines going back 15
> > years fail on this one -- even a simple "Hello World" C program.
> As much as I like Vista (I have 4 systems), the 64-bit version is
> simply not ready for prime time. 3rd-party support (drivers and apps)
> is not yet all there. The best solution is to buy a 32-bit "Upgrade"
> version and install it over the 64-bit version; instructions on how
> to do that can be found via Google. FWIW, the 32-bit version is quite
> solid and I even have a number of UNIX programs running under X under
> Cygwin; see here for one example: <http://thadlabs.com/PIX/xephem.jpg>
Thanks for the information. I have downloaded iso installation files
of Fedora 10, and will research it quite a bit and get my Vista system
backed up before attempting the install. My HP machine does indeed
have a SATA drive, so I'm glad I didn't mess with the old Redhat