So the last few weeks in playing with my switch, macs, and other assorted bits of equipment, I have collected many different configurations, os images, hard drive backups, and flash files. Now, years ago I had a netbook, still do, that was my config and image storage/retrieval machine. And it did the job well. However, its based on an atom N270 and no os except rolling or slackware supports 32 bit solidly anymore, and theres no telling when slackware will drop 32 bit support, nor do I feel like keeping the damn thing up to date.
So this morning I roll over, grab my macbook 4,1, and start going through the forum. Then, the thought ocurred to me.
Why don’t I just make it the management machine? I don’t use it often enough to justify it needing to be up to date, nor can it really do that much in the first place with its core 2 due 7100 clocked at just 2.1 ghz. If you don’t know, my standard lowest clock rate on any machine, unless dual processor, is 2.4ghz. This is set so that I have a good amount of performance to work with even on ancient old machines.
So today I’ll be taking the steps to make this laptop the ultimate management machine for the rest of my hardware. This will involve choosing a version of osx to run, installing it, installing the tools and assets I need, and reporting general performance. This machine will also basically act as an image server, but in all logistical sense it’ll write to usb’s more often than to network drives. Though, I will note, if its possible to run a pxe server atd an ftp server on it and not lose a massive amount of performance, so be it. I’ll set those up.
Aremis, why not a ppc laptop? You love those so much!
The idea here is for a general machine that I won’t use often that will suffice for image backups, data recovery, pushing and pulling configurations, writing to usb’s, and possibly act as an ftp host at times when physical transfers cannot happen due to stability issues. Not to have something new, or super fast, or with usb3, or whatever. General as fuck.
Also, when more prominant void images pop up, or when packages can be better ported, my powerbook will be my main laptop. I’d rather not turn it into basically an appliance.
What sorta machines will this be used on?
Mell soon I’ll have a few more catalyst 3750’s plopped around the house, so it’ll have a lot of use on those. As well, most of my desktops, except 3, as well as servers and minor appliances are, and will be for a while, macs. Now, they don’t all run osx. In fact my mac pro 3,1 will be running manjaro here soon if I can get it to cooperate, and my 1,1 will be running pfsense. But again, that file transfer mode is absolutely invaluable to me. I have this thing about standardizing hardware. Keeps the infrastructure stable. Never macs may have ft, but they don,t have firewire. As well, my dev machines are mostly ppc based macs, albeit one being a sun machine but no matter, and often I break shit because I’m a dumbass. Rather than pulling out the ol’ drive craddle and breaking my back moving the behemoth’s, I hold T, plug in firewire, and retrieve whatever the hell data it is I need.
Yall are honestly missing out.
Why osx? Use linux!
File transfer mode on my mac pro’s and g5. Thats the main reason I have them. I don’t have to pull drives out, don’t have to move the ungodly heavy cases alound, its just as simple as plugging in a keyboard and hitting t. From my attempts previously, linux has no idea what to even do with a machine that has become a massive fw400/800 hard drive.
But my opinion! You’re doing this wrong!
I already have a general plan made up in my head, I just want to execute it. This minor project, like many I do, is not one I’d generally share because it takes 2 hours to setup and then viola I never touch anything on it again because it just works. If you have suggestions or constructive criticism, I’m open to any and all suggestions. If you’re just going to act like a jackass I will ask to have your posts moved.
So, heres the frame, as I call it, that we’re working with today.
Its relatively ok as a laptop, but not what I’d give a relative or anything like that. Battery is basically new, and anyone looking for a battery for this line of model’s should only buy from lumsing. I get a good 6 hours off of it and have had absolutely no issues with it.
Core 2 due 7100 (maybe it was a 7200… 2.1 ghz anyways, all those chips are exactly the same)
500 gb hard drive
all the ports I need in the world
First thing is first. I want osx 10.10 if I can help it. It has a lot of the tools I need baked in, has the updated version of disk manager, and runs with wery few issues, most of them being graphical. Since the most complicated thing this machine’s intel X3100 gpu will hawe to render is high resolution jpeg’s and maybe a gif, I’m not exactly worried about that. In fact if there was a terminal mode for osx I’d have that instead.
So anyways, atm I have tried to install 10.10 on this thing this morning using macpostfactor and having it install to the hard driwe first. That was a mistake. Since I’d newer used that feature I figure’d I’d try it. Well… now I can’t even boot back in to 10.9, nor into either of the recovery partitions. So I’ll be installing 10.6 and upgrading from there.
Though this also means I need another machine, and the kde login manager on netrunner in my thinkpad just blew up its config in an update and I can’t login. So FIRST I’ll be installing manjaro-awesomewm on it, then writing an iso for 10.6, then we’ll continue on this whole ordeal after that.