Cobalt Qube3 w/ SunRays, RedHat 9

I've got a Cobalt Qube 3 Professional Edition computer. Remember those cute blue cube Linux appliances?  Sun was handing these out to SEs at one point.

They only have a 450MHz processor. But they are the perfect little home file server and networked backup device. The Business and Professional Editions also have a SCSI port to which additional storage can be attached. In fact, the Professional Edition has two internal disks and a built-in Raid1 Controller. It's headless, but has nice features for a server. Problem is (well, you might consider this a problem) it runs an old Linux release (based on a 2.2 kernel) and has been EOL'ed. But in true Open fashion, there is a grassroots community of developers and advocates, and there are instructions for how to refresh this device to a 2.4-based RedHat (v7.2)kernel here:

http://www.gurulabs.com/rhl-cobalt-howto/index.html

I just exchanged e-mail with Dax Kelson of Guru Labs, who told me that this procedure can be used to install RedHat 9 or even  the newer Fedora releases.

I think I'm going to give this a try. I'll let you know if/how this works out. Hmmm, with the new Linux-based SunRay Server Software, I could even potentially drive a couple wireless SunRays around the house, using an 802.11g Wireless Bridge, such as: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=241

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SunRay 3.0 is good. I got a partner (Resolvo) implemented SR3.0 on JDS2 on our Opteron workstation. They modified JDS a little bit. They are _very_ happy with it. The users, the bosses, etc were suprised that SR+JDS exceeded their expectation.

Posted by iwan rahabok on January 18, 2005 at 12:55 AM EST #

I have just obtained a Qube3 also, I'd love to hear how you have gotten on. I have to find a PSU for mine before I can get started.

Posted by Dreamer_uk on January 19, 2006 at 05:22 AM EST #

Just checking on your progress with RH9 & the Cube 3!

Posted by Muligan on February 15, 2006 at 03:05 AM EST #

Awaiting my Cube 3 via eBay. Surely would like to perform the upgrade as well. Thanks, Norm

Posted by Norman E. Spaulding on June 19, 2006 at 05:12 AM EDT #

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