[Centos] Low end systems

Wed Dec 1 00:13:37 UTC 2004
John Newbigin <jn at it.swin.edu.au>

> Does anybody have a better picture of what this 'line' is? I.E. Intel 
> 200, 300, 350? AMD 300, 450? Would this be Pentium vs. Pentium II? 
> Perhaps the K6-2 series on the AMD side?
I have not done too much testing with CentOS-3 but for CentOS-2, the 
official line is i686 or better.  i686 Is anything from Pentium Pro and 
up (PII, PIII, P4)

It will not install on other CPU's but that does not necessarily mean it 
will not run.  I build i386 rpms for glibc, openssl, kernel etc so I 
have successfully installed on a P4 and then put the disk into an AMD K6 
(which is equiv. to i586).  Newer AMD is prob. OK because they are i686 

You probably won't be able to do SMP on anything but i686.

I would assume that CentOS-3 is more or less the same.

It is possible to remove the strict requirements in anaconda so you can 
install onto old hardware but it would require testing to make sure that 
the correct kernel and rpms are selected.  Because they only target i686 
they might have takes shortcuts and ignored older archs.

Perhaps if someone was keen they could do that for CentOS 3.4 but that 
is diverging from the CentOS idea of removing only the trademarks.


> Just trying to get a better idea so I don't get any surprises. I do have 
> one old Proliant 3000 with a 300 processor hanging around and doing a 
> fine job of what it is used for. One would never know it is not a latest 
> greatest 8 processor xeon server for what it does. :) It simply needs to 
> be reliable and it is VERY reliable.
> Best,
> John Hinton
> _______________________________________________
> CentOS mailing list
> CentOS at caosity.org
> http://lists.caosity.org/mailman/listinfo/centos

John Newbigin
Computer Systems Officer
Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia