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CentOS Linux Hardware Requirements

Posted: 2021/01/09 22:04:38
by webapp.scribe

I am making an attempt to learn Linux and my research suggest CentOS should be my distro of choice. I have started to learn CentOS on a VM in VMware Workstation.

I have a old server that currently runs Windows Server 2012 R2 which I want to repurpose as a CentOS Linux Enterprise Server where I can run Docker.

I have not been able to determine if the hardware will support CentOS Linux. I know the linkage with RHEL hardware requirements but I have not determined which version 5, 6, 7 or 8 will be supported.

My server hardware is as follows:

Intel S5000PSLSATAR motherboard with Socket LGA771

2 x IntelĀ® Xeon E5405 12M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB Quad Core processor


Intel Gigabit LAN Cards

Can this hardware run CentOS Linux 6, 7 or 8 ?

Thanks for your help

Re: CentOS Linux Hardware Requirements

Posted: 2021/01/09 23:46:15
by TrevorH
You don't want to run anything older than CentOS 7 as they are all end of life and don't receive any updates, security or otherwise.

You should read the recent announcement from Red Hat about CentOS' future. CentOS 8 will now go EOL at the end of 2021. CentOS 7 lasts longer as it has about 3.5 years left until late 2024.

Re: CentOS Linux Hardware Requirements

Posted: 2021/01/10 06:22:19
by webapp.scribe
Thanks for your reply TrevorH.

Does anyone know if my server hardware will support CentOS 7 or 8 ?

Re: CentOS Linux Hardware Requirements

Posted: 2021/01/10 10:47:55
by jlehtone
Intel CPU, very likely.
Intel NIC, probably.
Disk controller (SATA/SAS/RAID): unknown.

If you are about to install, then you do need install media.
Just get USB stick, write* media to it, and try to boot your server with it.
That is quite quick and cheap test.

If the installer lacks drivers for some devices, there might still be a way:
ELRepo repository supplies some drivers that stock RHEL/CentOS lacks.