Re: Unable to install RHEL AS 4 and RHEL 5 on my DELL l525 LAPTOP

On Sat, 03 May 2008 23:39:02 -0700, narendar22bn wrote:

Hi You may have confused with my previous mail. I am requesting to you
please give me soltion for installing rhel as 4 on my laptop. Because I
could not go any other option as I need to install Oracle 10g RAC.
Please suggest a solution.


On May 4, 9:24 am, narendar2...@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Hi Thanks for your reply. But I want user rhel as 4 or rhel 5 which
needs to be install Oracle rac with another node. I don't know whether
Fedora will support for Oracle 10g RAC.  Pleas give me a solution for
How i can install rhel as 4 on my dell m/c. Please advice me.

Thanks and Regards,


On May 2, 8:58 pm, General Schvantzkopf <schvantzk...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Fri, 02 May 2008 06:39:50 -0700, narendar22bn wrote:
Hi All,

        I could not able to install rhel as 4 or rhel 5 on my
(sata hard disk-- interl 965 chipset)

for rhel as 4 ==> the error is no hard drive dectected.

for rhel 5 ==> error is Kernel panic not syncing
                    VFS: unable to mount root fs on

could you pls help me?.


Use Fedora 8. RHEL uses hopelessly obsolete kernels which makes it
very difficult to install on recent hardware. Fedora uses the latest
kernel so it has much better hardware compatibility. It also uses the
latest version of Gnome which is much better than the crusty old
version in RHEL. If you are running a piece of commercial software
that requires a library from RHEL you can install the compatibility
libraries, 95% of the time the compatibility libraries will do the
job for you. If you have a program that is RHEL compatible but won't
work on Fedora then the solution is to use VMware to run a RHEL or
CentOS VM on top of Fedora. I run VMware CentOS and Win2K VMs on all
of my systems, laptop, workstation and servers. The VM gives you
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Chances are that Oracle will run fine on Fedora as long as you load the
compatibility libraries, if it doesn't then you should take my suggestion
and run RHEL4 in a VM on top of Fedora. There is no way that RHEL4 is
going to run on a modern laptop, it's 4 years old and uses a 2.6.9
kernel. RHEL5 uses the 2.6.18 kernel which is 2 years old, the current
kernel is 2.6.25 which is used by Fedora 9. Fedora 7 and Fedora 8 use the
2.6.24 kernel. F9 is still in beta so I don't recommend it. Fedora 8 has
been out for 6 months so it's pretty stable, it's your best choice.

RHEL is not meant for laptops or desktops, it's targeted at servers which
change less frequently than laptops do. Fedora is always up to date but
they do that at the expense of long term support. Fedora has to be
upgraded at least once a year but that's easy to do if you've set up your
system correctly. At the very least you need / and /home to be separate
partitions so that you can do a clean install of a newer version without
touching your user data. I always have at least two partitions for OSes
plus a /home partition, that allows me to do a clean install on the
oldest OS partition without losing my current OS. You could also use
Ubuntu which has a cleaner upgrade path and more frequent releases of LTS
(long term support) versions. They've just released 8.04 LTS so it will
have a current kernel and should work fine on your laptop. With Ubuntu
you will have to use a VM to run RHEL because Ubuntu isn't supported by