They're not for everybody, but there some new open source products for Mac OS X some Mac users may wish to check out.
You want beta, we've got beta. Roxen WebServer 2.1 Beta for Mac OS X is now available from Roxen Internet Software.
"Roxen WebServer has specific advantages for Mac users since it has an intuitive and appealing 100 percent Web based interface," said Lars Högberg, CEO of Roxen Internet Software. "Roxen WebServer is uniquely capable of performing heavy-duty server-side image manipulations in real-time, which can be used to automate tasks web designers find particularly cumbersome and time-consuming today."
Roxen WebServer is modular and object-oriented and can function as a WAP server to deliver pages to WAP cellular phones. Point-and-click installation and adherence to Mac OS X's directory structure ensures that almost anyone can install and run Roxen WebServer for Mac OS X on their computer, Högberg said.
He added that Roxen has support for any image format and has the power to perform run-time server-side image processing for richer personalization of Web sites. Also, it offers support for fonts to render anti-aliased and text with filter-like effects on images. Roxen WebServer supports a wide range of open and proprietary standards such as HTTP 1.1, HTML 1.0, SSL 3.0, WML 1.0, Java 2, Java Servlets 2.2, Perl, Pike, JSP, Unicode, CGI, FastCGI, TTF and image formats such as PSD, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, and more.
What's more, Roxen Internet Software has also announced that the Pike 7 Beta open source general-purpose programming language for Mac OS X is available immediately. With Pike, developers can build applications on Mac OS X and deploy Pike server applications across existing server installations such as Mac OS X Server, Sun Solaris, Windows 2000, and Linux.
"Pike 7 running on Mac OS X will provide developers with an efficient development language to rapidly develop scalable portable Internet applications," said Mattias Wingstedt, co-founder and CTO of Roxen. "Thanks to Pike's platform-independent nature, applications will run unmodified on any other major server operating system."
Pike's syntax is similar to C, which makes Pike very easy to learn and use, but unlike C it does not require enduring compilation passes, he added. This lets developers rapidly develop scalable and portable applications in an efficient incremental fashion, according to Wingstedt.
"Pike has strong built-in data types and a powerful object orientation that is very straightforward," he said. "The modular architecture also makes it easily extendible through developing modules in Pike or C."
Pike is an open source language that is freely distributed under the Gnu Public License (GPL). Pike 7 for Mac OS X Public Beta is available for immediate download from the Roxen Web site and is free for both personal and commercial use.
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