I am using a RaQ 4i for hosting relatively low volume sites for friends and small clients. I want to update the PHP on the server, but don't know how to do it.
We haven't updated the server for quite some time (years), and it has whatever PHP got shipped with it, which does not handle everything we want to do with PHP.
1) How do I install the latest PHP to the server: Where do I get the upgrade/update, and how do I mechanically place it on my server so it is usable? Please be specific...I'm not the most literate guy when it comes to Linux, and I can work my way through the shell, though I prefer to work with the GUI.
2) It seems Sun support for the RaQ is done for, so where can I find security patches and updates for the machine? The patches installed on the system are as follows:
Check with Brian at Nuonce.net - I know he's no longer supporting the RaQ 4, but he may still have some updates available for download and/or purchase.
Otherwise I concur with others; find a way to migrate the content to a new box that's running something more up to date, or migrate the content and install a new payload like RackStar, then put your sites back. But that hardware is getting quite old; fan and drive failures are probably imminent...
Does anyone know how to work with the RackStar OS? There are no instructions on how to even restore a RaQ... or is it the good old cable and Net boot?
The RackStar OS has pretty up-to-date software, but installing it is a major PITA. You need to pull the hard disk, stick them in a system with a CD-ROM, and boot with the disk you're imaging being IDE Master and the CD-ROM on the other channel. You image the disk(s) and then stick it back in the RaQ. It needs a 2.10-series ext3 ROM to install and boot.
The good news is that the system is a spin of the Raq550 software, but with Linux 2.6.16, Apache 2.0.55, PHP 4.4.2, Perl 5.8.6 and MySql 4.1.16. It contains everything you would expect to see on the Raq550, and runs on 3s, 4s, and 550s. If you are handy disassembling and tweaking PKG files, you can probably install some 3rd-party 550 PKGs on it if you're careful (though they use it a a loss-leader to sell their own packages).