Cobalt Qube3 w/ SunRays, RedHat 9
By dcb on Jan 05, 2005
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:
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