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    I've had a Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 for quite some time and the last time I did anything with it I had a fairly up-to-date OS install on it. If I recall correctly it has Strongbolt/CentOS installed on it. The thing was so loud with the two high volume fans that I didn't use it for very long.

    Is anyone else doing anything with one of the Cobalt RAQ's?
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    I've got a pair of CacheRaQ appliances running NetBSD 7.x -- these are the original 100-some MHz MIPS32 design. I've also got a Cobalt Qube2 I need to finish cleaning up. It'll be getting the NetBSD treatment as well.

    The nice thing about NetBSD is that you can cross-compile everything fairly easily on a different machine, it can be x86/AMD64 or anything else for that matter.

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    Do you actually use them? And are the MIPS machines really loud like the PIII version?
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    They're not all that loud, I think I replaced the 40mm fans that came with them with newer, quieter fans. I've used the Cobalt Qube2 as a fileserver during college and as a portable fileserver for a while after, until the hard disk crashed (I believe it was running Debian at first, and then NetBSD 3.x). One of the CacheRaQ systems was our main router for years (easily 10 years) until it started having power supply problems from bad caps. I've used the other on and off as an IRC shell server over the years. The CacheRaQ, unlike the original Cobalt RaQ, has dual Ethernet ports like the Qube, so it's usable as a router.

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    I actually do use my RaQ 2 as a NetBSD fileserver (appropriately, it also handles NFS for the Dreamcast's Linux disc I'm trying to tidy up). It's not particularly loud, it just has the one little rinkydink fan. Neither my original RaQ nor this system generates much heat at all. They are both MIPS.
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    The RAQ 550 is a loud beast, with two high speed fans. It certainly is striking to look at though. I was toying with it as a web server at one point. I bought it about 6 years ago, still boxed, for about $70.
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    I see references to NetBSD for the RaQ, but only for the earlier MIPS version. I have the SUN restore CD and the Strongbolt CD, but both are quite old at this point. Is there a more recent build of something that works on the RaQ 550?
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    There's https://wiki.blueonyx.it/info/about but I don't know much about it. I see messages about people asking if *BSD or whatnot boots on the 550, but no one who's actually done it so far.
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    As far as I know, the later RaQs like the 550 are just x86 inside, you can probably persuade Linux or *BSD to run on it with serial console. I don't know what the bootloader originally looked like (never had x86 Cobalt hardware) but it'd have to be adaptable being as how it was booting Linux to start with.

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