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Warn users if installing on unsupported hardware


If the kernel detects unsupported hardware, warn users when starting the installer.


Current status

  • Targeted release: TBD
  • Last updated: 2010-11-05
  • Percentage of completion: 0%

Detailed Description

Bug #600509 introduced TAINT_HARDWARE_UNSUPPORTED in the kernel. The flag detects hardware that Red Hat does not officially support.

The flag can be set during the kernel boot and possibly during module load when the kernel detects hardware that Red Hat is known not to support. The flag value can be read from /proc/sys/kernel/taint.

If the flag is set anaconda should display a window with the following information:

Unsupported hardware detected. This hardware (or a combination thereof) is not supported by Red Hat. For more information on supported hardware, please refer to

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