[rescue] printing alternatives?

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Fri Jul 6 14:01:37 CDT 2007

Robert Darlington wrote:
> Speaking of Cobalt.  I have an old Cobalt RaQ 4 that I once tried to
> put back into use with Fedora using the 2.6 kernel maintained by the
> original kernel hackers that worked for Cobalt.  This was incredibly
> painful to get setup.  Every time  the power went out I had to
> transplant the disk into another system to perform an fsck just to get
> the sucker to boot back up.
> Are there other operating systems that will work on these things now?
> The box was a decent file server when it ran, but sooooo annoying when
> the power cycled.

The Raq4 is an AMD powered x86 platform... but with custom firmware.

I have a Raq3 I extensively modded.  I did get slackware up and running 
on it.
It was not a pleasant experience.  I made several mods to slackware setup to
get it to work with Raq netboot install 'rig' (booting kernel via net 
and installing
via NFS (and using a NFS root)).

I've shelved it again, because it started not booting sometimes (it 
would hang
during boot).  If it booted all the way it seemed fine.  But my intended 
use for
it required it be reliable (even though home use).  They seem to be 
finicky about
the RAM too.

-- Curt

> On 7/6/07, Mike Hebel <nimitz at nimitzbrood.com> wrote:
>> The steam powered teletype chattered and a message from James Hartley
>> rolled out in a wad of paper tape...
>>> I'm wrestling with making an old Cobalt Qube 2 into a print server (using
>>> NetBSD...).  I'm looking into printing alternatives, such as lpr, CUPS,
>>> lprNG, or Ghostscript.  Any & all comments as to configuration issues,
>>> which
>>> may be better or more extensible, most actively maintained, etc. would be
>>> greatly appreciated.
>> It'll work but unless you're printing a buttload of documents you might be
>> better off getting a cheap JetDirect box.  I think I paid all of $29
>> shipped for my external parallel one off of Flea-Bay.
>> What kind of printing and what kind of printer?
>> Mike Hebel
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