Computerworld first look: A guided tour of Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard Server

“Recently, I had a chance to sit down with a few folks from Apple Computer Inc. who gave me a guided tour of Apple’s upcoming server operating system, which is slated for release sometime in the spring of 2007. Mac OS X Server 10.5, or Leopard, will be the seventh release of the server operating system since 2000 and the second version to run natively on Intel processors,” Yuval Kossovsky reports for Computerworld.

“Leopard server is a 64-bit operating system that can seamlessly run 32-bit applications and extensions. Unlike other operating systems, there is just one version of the software, and any application and driver, be it 64- or 32-bit, will run natively and without penalty,” Kossovsky reports. “This iteration of the server operating system is not just Unix-based, but will be certified as UnixAE, meaning that it can run any Unix-certified application after being recompiled for the platform and does not require any modification to application programming interfaces or other code. Included in Leopard Server will be 64-bit versions of MySQL 4, MySQL 5, Apache 2 and improved 64-bit versions of Postfix and Cyrus for mail handling.”

Kossovsky reports, “Leopard Server will incorporate Apple’s Time Machine software as its backup system, enabling an administrator to easily configure, backup and restore files. Moreover, it will include a backup feature so that after a catastrophic failure involving the operating system drive, a backup can be restored to the desired point in time during the operating system build process — not as a postbuild action. That makes restoration a less complex and time-consuming process, something any admin who is sweating his way through restoring a crashed system will appreciate.”

Kossovsky reports, “Leopard server promises to be an exciting release with many new features for both the enterprise and small-business environments.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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  1. Kossovsky reports, “Leopard server promises to be an exciting release with many new features for both the enterprise and small-business environments.”

    What a typical lazy journalistic worn-out cliche´ used by poor writers whou can´t think of a good way to sum up an article. Says nothing.
    Change the word “Leopard” to coffee maker or mop or riding lawnmower or cubicle and it is the same old blah, blah, blah.

  2. fizucking k00l – all I have to say.

    (who needs anything else? Solaris? Bah. HPUX? garbage. Anyone who says that apple will never make into the enterprise? Uneducated losers who have know idea what they’re talking about.)

    (I’d love to see oracle benchmarks…..)

  3. What I want to know is how will this compete with the Windows Vista Enterprise Deluxe Platinum Pro Server Licensed product? Or even the plain Windows Vista Consumer No-frills Stainless Non-Faculty-Education Economy [cheap-as-chips] Licensed product?

  4. Eddie the one — What a typical lazy journalistic worn-out cliche

    Yeah, Eddie and I bet you read the last page of every book you pick up before deciding to put it down, huh?

    How would you have ended the article? Take a hike, putz.

  5. I can’t wait to use that adaptive firewall and XGrid-enabled Podcast creator. And the improved mail, mailing lists and iCal server features are welcome.

    I just wish I had bought that maintenance contract with 10.3 Server. Or Tiger Server. Sigh.

  6. @opie

    Sshhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I work in IT. You’re supposed to fiddle, tinker, repair, patch and update malware & virus protection when you have a server. And that’s just the start—it’s what servers are for.

    “…almost forget that I have it.”

    What that hell kind of server is that?

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