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My Lubuntu networking bridge to old Mac Systems & other OSs

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Conquests seemed the best fit for this post so here goes...


About 2007 when I started my vintage Mac collection with my first SE/30, I needed a way to get files fetched from the interwebs to the Mac form a PC-based home office . I found my way to using Netatalk on Mandrake then later on Mandriva Linux distros. Netatelk provided the ability for Mac running Systems 6-9 to connect to the PC running Linux. It is similar to Services for Macintosh available in Windows Servers all the way back to NT Server 3.51.


The vintage Macs went into storage as family and house projects took priority.  In 2018, time allowed me to get the old Macs out of storage... Now I had a slightly different networking problem as my home office is all current-era iMac and MBPs.  I posted here about getting Netatalk going on a Lubuntu Virutal Machine running in VMware Fusion on my MacBook Pro. That article on Applefool is a fantastic guide.


So all is good being able to network SE/30s and IIsi directly to the MBP.  When running System 9.2.2, the G4 QuickSilver also connects via Netatalk.


What also was sitting in the office were my 2 old PCs.  One of them is my Museum box that boots to many OSs on 2 drives toggled with the ASUS P2BS BIOS:


SCSI Drive (partitions toggled by PowerQuest BootMagic)

Partition 1: (OSs toggled with the NT 4.0 boot loader)

  • DOS 6.22
  • Windows for Workgroups 3.11
  • Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Windows NT Workstation 4.0

Partition 2: Windows 95

Partition 3: OS/2 Warp 4

Partition 4: Windows Millennium Edition 


IDE Drive (partitions toggled by the Win 2K boot loader)

Partition 1: 

  • Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Windows NT Server 4.0

Partition 2:

  • Windows 98 SE
  • BEOS Personal Edition with loads from Win 98 SE

Partition 3: Windows 2000

Partition 4: BEOS v 5.0 that boots from a 3.5 boot disk


The drives in this machine were pretty old as this PC was acquired in 1998.  I replaced both drives with E-Disk SSDs that I scored from eBay.  So now the drives and OSs are all working and all of them (except for BEOS) could mount shares on my second PC running Win XP.


The next thing I wanted to solve was being able to connect the PC OSs directly to the Lubuntu VM.  I knew that Samba could likely do this and after some digging I finally got this working.  Here is my post on the Ubuntu forum.


Now from my MBP in can connect every old OS that I own directly to the laptop via the Lubuntu VM.  When the G4 QuickSilver boots to 10.2.8, it connects to the Samba share as does the MBP.  I gave my propellor beanie 3 spins after I got this sorted. 



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