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New Qube2 owner with questions.
I've managed to bag myself a very nice condition Qube2, I came across
mention of them from an SGI user group and decided it was just what I
need for a small and discreet home NAS. So I did a search and found
myself one .. just it had no power supply :-( Still easily fixed with a
cheap 12V 5Amp PSU and a paper clip broken in half to be the "connector"
;-) .. getting some of those KPPX-3P connectors from the US shortly.
Anyhow the Qube2 has now been upgraded to 256Mb of RAM (must be fate to
have a bag of the correct 128MB 72 pin EDO 3.3V SIMMs in the cupboard
:-) and shall soon be getting a 750GB drive.
I've done a test install of NetBSD 4.0 from a RestoreCD kindly created
up uploaded by Sevan / Venture37 ... thanks! :-) And that was
remarkably painless. (well I did have to create a virtual machine in
Parallels, boot the CD in the guest and have my internet router
disconnected so it's DHCP server didn't clash :-)
The questions I have are both techie related to the Qube2 and to NetBSD:
1) Can I boot from a IDE Cardflash adapter (jumpered as Master) and
have a 750GB drive as the slave on the built in IDE ? Master/Slave
works OK with the built in IDE ? I'll move swap to the 750GB drive once
it's installed. I'm pretty sure I can secure the compact flash card
somewhere safe inside the Qube.
2) What PCI devices are supported by the Cobalt port of NetBSD ? I'd
like to put in a something like a Firewire/USB combo or eSATA/USB combo
(like the Adaptec Duo connect) so if I want to put in more storage later
I can hook it up externally .. eSATA or Firewire would be nicer than
USB, but USB is still a "must have" option :-)
3) What filesystems are supported by NetBSD ? I'd quite like to format
with a journaled filesystem as the power in my area is a little flakey
so I need something robust. Can an existing filesystem created by the
RestoreCD be converted online ? Or the RestoreCD amended to use a
different filesystem ?
4) How do I install packages for the Cobalt port using "pkgsrc" ? It
wants to be pointed at a repository but I don't know where to look for
them yet :-(
5) How do I do an upgrade of NetBSD ? Is it a re-install thing ?
6) Does the Cobalt port (from that RestoreCD) have all the tools
required to make a new RestoreCD ? And build new kernels etc ?
7) Can the two network interfaces be bound into one logical interface
with a single IP ?
PS. Apologies if this double posts .. wrestling with Seamonkey.
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