Darwin G3 Serial Print Server

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Joined: Dec 20 2003
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Goal: to run Darwin 8.3 ("Darwin Tiger" - corresponds to Tiger 10.4.3) on a Beige G3 Desktop as an ethernet networked print server for a LaserWriter Pro 630 connected via the serial port

alter instructions at: "Use a StyleWriter II printer on 10.2.X"

1. Create custom bootable install CD:
Multi-Session CD with a stripped down bootable OS 9 partition that includes XPostFacto 4, the other partition to be the bootable Darwin Tiger 8.0.1 binary install image (darwinppc-801.cdr.gz) (no need to use lipo to extract only the PPC binary, as it is assumed that it is not fat because there are separate PPC & x86 binaries)

2. Once installed, & network configured, grab & build from the source for Darwin 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3

1. First of all, Darwin Tiger has no /System/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/cu.printer file, but Panther does, so copy it over from a Panther system

2. Follow the directions from "Use a StyleWriter II printer on 10.2.X" except hopefully use the built-in generic PostScript driver and the LaserWriter Pro 630 PPD at /System/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/LaserWriter Pro 630 v2010.130.gz instead of a StyleWriter II PPD and use CUPS 1.1.23 or whatever comes with the Darwin Source for 8.3 (1.2.20, I think) instead of 1.1.19

Lots of inbetween steps missing here, like configuring the network and the print server itself, and I'm sure there are easier solutions than using Darwin, but does anyone see any fatal flaws here? Do you think this can work?