- Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7
- Will Red Hat continue to support 32-bit applications in the future, for example in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7?
- Are 32-bit libraries provided with Red Hat Enterprise Linux distributions?
- Is there a 32-bit DVD ISO to install RHEL 7?
- Can I install RHEL 7 on 32-bit hardware?
- Will RHEL 7 suppport i386 and i686 (x86) or only x86_64?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 does not support installation on i686, 32 bit hardware. ISO installation media is only provided for 64-bit hardware. Refer to Red Hat Enterprise Linux technology capabilities and limits for additional details.
However, 32-bit applications are supported in a 64-bit RHEL 7 environment in the following scenarios:
RHEL 7 will continue to provide selected libraries in both 32-bit and 64-bit, allowing 32-bit applications to run in the 64-bit RHEL 7 OS environment. This functionality also exists for RHEL 5 & 6 as documented in the knowledge article: How to install 32-bit packages on a 64-bit system
RHEL 7 will continue to support the multilib toolchain, allowing applications to be compiled for both 32-bit and 64-bit.
RHEL 7 can host, using KVM virtualization technology, both 32-bit and 64-bit virtual guest instances of RHEL 5 and RHEL 6.
While RHEL 7 will not natively support 32-bit hardware, certified hardware can be searched for in the certified hardware database.
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