Apple’s new Mac OS X Leopard Server

“Leopard sports a series of changes both under the hood and in its user interface that improve the performance and usability of the Mac desktop for individual users, and combine to deliver new collaborative server features for networked machines in office settings. Servers and shared services are also moving into the home,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

McLean covers:
• The Origins of Servers
• Why Unix Worked
• The Personal Computer Creates a New Market Underneath Unix
• The Windows PC Arrives
• Unix Haves vs Unix Have Nots
• The Unix Wars
• A Unix Peace
• Prelude to Mac OS X Server
• Mac OS X Server Releases (Mac OS X Server 10.2 Jaguar, Mac OS X Panther Server 10.3, and Mac OS X Tiger Server 10.4)
• What’s New in Leopard Server
• Leopard’s Client-Server Integration
• Wiki Collaborative Publishing Services
• Leopard Server vs Microsoft Windows Server

McLean takes a look at what’s new in Leopard and Leopard Server related to file sharing and collaborative information services and from where the plumbing inside Mac OS X comes in the full article here.


  1. I don’t think a lot of people are realizing what a killer app the collaboration services (wiki, calendar server, e-mail, etc.) in Leopard Server is going to be. I’m currently evaluating two different deployments of Leopard Server simply on the basis of these collaborative services which appear to blow away anything else out there in Web 2.0 hosted software land. I think Apple is going to get a whole new class of users with the server features in 10.5.

  2. This historic overview of the early days brings back memories. (And, yes, the article does have a Daniel Eran flavor.) I started doing computer work back in ’83 supporting minis running Unix System VII.

    This history also demonstrates, if one compares the legacies of Unix vs. Windows, why the former still rules, while the latter still sucks. Unix was developed by Ph.D. computer scientists. Windows and its DOS predecessors were developed by college dropouts.

    Finally, the author writes, “In 1996, Apple began shopping for a new operating system to replace its classic Mac OS. It reviewed Microsoft’s Windows NT and dismissed it on its technical merits.” That, too, rings true.

    Back in ’94, I think, I tested Windows NT 3.1, and found it a piece of unmitigated crap, absolutely unusable. At the same time, I was testing Unix System Labs new System V r4.2, which was head and shoulders superior. It distressed me that groups within our agency nonetheless committed to NT as their future architecture based on Microsoft’s “road map”. Some things never change.

  3. Give me a fracture. This is another invention not created by Apple, Inc. for which humans are giving Apple, Inc. credit.

    Is the temperature above normal where you reside? Because it appears that you have assimilated the color sugar water with great speed.

    SharePoint Server

    Would You Like to Play a Game?

  4. I agree with Jared that the wiki server may be a killer app. We have an iMac serving up web pages via Drupal, but collaborative pages have been a problem with Drupal (even with Drupal’s collaborative books feature). I’m beginning to wonder, since Apple’s new tools include blog-like features, if we need Drupal at all? Since we had planned to upgrade to Leopard Server anyhow, we may just be able to do everything we want with Apple supplied tools. For a non-technical non-profit office volunteer organization, this is BIG.

    I don’t think, however, that Bert is correct that McLean is a pseudonym for Dilger. Dilger is usually fairly accurate with the history, whereas McLean isn’t so much. But McLean is definitely a Dilger wannabe in terms of writing style.

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