“‘When I got my dual-processor G5, it was real noticeable that it was faster than my G4, to the point that the network has become the bottleneck,’ said Ngozi Pole, administrative and systems manager in Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) office,” Dan Carney reports for Federal Computer Week.
“The latest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.3 Panther released last fall, has several features that are useful to Pole’s users. The new Fast User Switching feature gives different users access to different resources on the same computer quickly and easily. The feature has been particularly helpful in an office in which interns outnumber the available computers, Pole said. When offices were evacuated during the recent Ricin scare on Capitol Hill, Pole was able to reach his users’ files remotely with workgroup manager tools, letting him relay files to colleagues who were working from home. ‘I just went to the server and started e-mailing files to people,’ he said,” Carney reports.
“The Senate has also been attacked by computer worms and viruses recently, but those attacks have all targeted Microsoft Corp. Windows users, so Kennedy’s Apple-based office has been unaffected… ‘We’ve had tremendous interest from federal, state and local governments because of the security of a Unix foundation,’ said Ken Bereskin, director of Mac OS X product marketing. ‘Every aspect of the OS has been enhanced, from the drivers to the kernel.’ One feature of OS X 10.3 that could be particularly useful to federal customers is the FileVault 128-bit real-time encryption. Kennedy’s office has not yet begun encrypting its files, but a recent incident in which Republican staffers accessed Democrats’ files have prompted Pole to plan to do it soon. ‘I’m not saying it is going to happen again, but it is what people do,’ he said,” Carney reports.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Macintosh unaffected. Many eyes will be popping open in Gov’t IT circles (some for the very first time, some for the first time in years) thanks to this Federal Computer Week article. Hopefully, word will leak out to the non-gov’t corporate world as well.