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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Los Angeles

    Question Cobalt RAQ 4 (Erase all/Install RH 7.3 + Plesk) Doable?

    Cobalt RAQ 4 (Erase all/Install RH 7.3 + Plesk) Doable?

    I have a colleague that has few Cobalt RAQs and he liked my
    SuperServer Micro and wanted to wipe out the RAQs install RedHat
    bare with Plesk control panel.

    In the past I own a Cobalt RAQ 4 as well. I only had it for
    3 months. I was very much involved in reading the mailing list;
    monitoring this forum for updates, security issues, how-to and
    such. I noticed that it's very limited on what you can do/install
    and tweak it without breaking the GUI.

    I read that the RAQ's hardware is made to only work with their
    software, not sure if anyone attempted an install of a different
    O/S and Plesk. Plesk do offer a control panel for the Cobalt RAQs.
    Although you would have two control panels.

    I personally dislike the fact that the Cobalt uses PKGs and
    sometimes security issues arise from that. On RH you can always
    update anything you want without breaking the GUI. I even updated
    my kernel 3 times.

    In regards to installing the ISO image I haven't done it but
    the manual said that it has to be done via Network cable from
    another computer's CD-Rom. In RedHat 7.x I can install the
    OS from various sources, from ftp, local LAN and even web.

    There's got to be a way to at least have the GUI installed,
    than disable it, by firewall or install additional program
    to support install of RPM than follow through with new OpenSSH,
    Apache, qMail, PHP and the rest.

    Any suggestions. I have few days to figure this out and
    wanted to get my notes and to-dos down.

    D&D A&F

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I dont think that will work because the cobalts rom(bios) I believe is hard coded on a chip and thats half the boot sequence of a cobalt.

    why do that though, the cobalt hardware is so expensive, if you just want rh7.3 and another control panel why not just get new hardware

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Los Angeles

    Get new instead of wipe-out

    It's for someone that has a dozen of these and wanted
    to take one and turn it into something else.

    I said the same thing. Build one. Get the 1u and dump
    stuff in it. I checked/email Plesk to find out if they still
    have the Plesk for Cobalt panel, and if there's future
    release of it.
    D&D A&F

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Costa Mesa, California

  5. #5
    He can sell the RAQ on ebay and make enough money to get a decent 1U server. The raqs go for $450-900 on ebay from what I have seen. -- Consolidate Student Loan Debt

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Redhat probably won't be possible. As someone else said, there is a lot of weird hardware and such, and it just won't be too possible with a general install. Some people have been working on a Debian install that you could do...try searching google for it.
    I wish all my traffic went through AS174.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    There's info at on installing RedHat 7.3 on a Qube 3. A RaQ should be very similar - basically involves pulling the drive out, installing RedHat on it in a regular PC, then putting the HD back in the RaQ. LCD etc won't work at that point though. - LAMP and LAMP+SSL HowTo - Cobalt FAQs and HowTos

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Los Angeles

    Thumbs up It's Doable No Problem..

    It's doable. Plesk offered to do all the installation for me.
    They did offer Plesk Panel for Cobalt way back.

    They asked that I have another PC available on hand
    on the same network.

    They didn't tell me how they are to do it but they will
    install RedHat 7.3 with Plesk panel on it.

    That is additional fee on top of the lic. fee for the panel.

    I think it might be about flashing the ROM with newer
    settings that allows you to install different O/S.

    There's very little talk on Google about howtos.
    There is one post in regards to Debian but not RH.

    So even though Cobalt (Sun) might not be supported
    in 2-3 years like some predict (the 3, 4s raqs) there's
    still a market using other O/Ses, or Panels.
    D&D A&F

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