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Hey All, if someone could answer this question with some detail, that would be great.
I am running a small ISP, and right now host websites on linux and windows. I was just curious if there is anyway I could create a nice solution like the cobalt raqs, on a server that I build. I'm a hardware geek, have been for years and build almost all of our servers. My main problem lately has been the time of configuration, and lack of intuitiveness of the linux OS.
I realize that most of you will read read read to setup linux correctly (which I have been doing), but here we don't have the time to do that. My goal is to make a solution on linux that is as easy as the cobalt setup, you install and have a web management interface and it's done. I don't want to go grab 100 pieces of software and piece them all together to get the end product. Has anyone tried loading the Raq OS (either 4 or 550) on a system other than cobalt hardware? If so, did anything good come out of it?
I know some of you are thinking, just buy the raq server and be done. The reason for not buying the sun hardware is for speed. I'm trying to build some pretty pumped up machines that could handle much more than the raqs, but still use the OS or one similar, or find some software out there that does the same thing. I'm sure using the Sun OS on something other than the RAQs is against the software agreement with Sun.
I do not have any experience with the Cobalt OS, be it on RAQs or Cubes. However, you should be able to piece together a Linux system that will work pretty well once initially set up: Install your favourite distribution, install daemons (FTP, HTTP) remote management software (SSH, even Webmin if you like living dangerously - never use on a production server!) and set it all up according to your taste. Then you could image that installation and keep the image on a server and easily set up multiple servers by just cloning the install from the image on the server, set a new hostname and network settings (in case you don't use DHCP...and as you run an ISP I assume you're using static IP's for servers) and you're done.
Given that Sun no longer sells either the RAQ system or the OS for them, I'm sure that you'd run afoul of with the licensing situation. I'm sure that a base Linux install and a configuration script should do the trick for building standardized machines, especially if you are installing everything from binary packages.
Tried loading it, it will not work. It wants me to hook up a raq server appliance to my PC in order to install.
I guess I will have to do it the other way, the long way .
Maybe I should design a server similiar to that of the raq with a nice restore cd and management interface, so people trying to do the same thing I am could have an option . With all of the hardware options around today, it's pretty easy to duplicate what the big guys are doing, aside from IBM hardware/mainframe stuff.
Have you gone over to Freshmeat and done a search for ISP management apps? I've seen a couple of them. In any case, a base RH9 install should take much than an hour to get the OS and the core apps installed and configured.