OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server: Big changes for developers

“Apple has released their tenth iteration of OS X, called OS X 10.9 Mavericks. OS X 10.9 Mavericks builds on the existing OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and adds some new features,” Wayne Dixon writes for Macgasm. “Some of these features will be very apparent, like Maps, while others will be hidden within the background and will help improve battery life. Of course, right alongside OS X 10.9 Mavericks Client, Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server, and some of the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server changes will be big for developers.”

“All in all, OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server is a great upgrade for those who have become accustom to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Server. OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server does not introduce anything radically new,” Dixon writes. “It does, however, refine existing services, while adding a completely new feature with Xcode Services. This is reminiscent of the upgrade from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server, which similarly included some refinements and only a few new features.”

“The inclusion of Xcode Services will make life much easier for developers and administrators alike,” Dixon writes. “The ability to maintain both local and remote repositories will allow administrators to not only vet requested repositories but can segment off development machines from the Internet, but still provide all of the necessary tools to the developers. OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server is a solid upgrade and provides a definite improvement over previous versions.”

Much, much more in the full review here.


  1. I sure hope they put back a feature that was removed on the last update….to kick off idle users. For some reason this was eliminated. It forces us to “baby sit” the server. Anyone that has a computer lock up has and has to force quit, never gets logged off the server without IT intervention.

    Very annoying to say the least.

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