The Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series-based platform (formerly codenamed "Boxboro-EX") is supported as of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 with RHSA-2009-1670-1. This Red Hat Enterprise Linux errata includes the minimal set of changes required for Red Hat hardware certification of the reference platforms.
OEM systems that diverge significantly from the Intel reference platform – in design, peripherals, or BIOS – may require Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 for certification. Please check Red Hat's Hardware Catalog at https://hardware.redhat.com for the certification status of specific OEM systems and models.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 will provide more complete support of the new Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series-based platform hardware. In addition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 will take even greater advantage of the more advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features -- as well as even greater scalability and performance capabilities -- of the new hardware. Although some Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series-based platform systems are certified and supported with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 plus RHSA-2009-1670-1, Red Hat recommends using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 wherever possible in order to ensure an even better customer experience.
The Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series-based platform supported as of RHEL 5.4 with RHSA-2009-1670-1 includes the following chipsets:
- Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series
- Intel® Xeon® processor 6500 series
- Intel® 7500 Chipset
- Intel® 7500 Scalable Memory Buffer