The upcoming version of Mac OS X Server — the version of the next generation operating system targeted to system administrators, Web masters and other network professionals — is apparently nearing completion and may bear the moniker Mac OS X Server 10.0, according to an
A final release could be ready for next week’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference. eWEEK says that the next version of Mac OS X Server will combine many of the features of the existing AppleShare IP software (which currently runs on Mac OS 9.x) with the open-source FreeBSD and Mach kernel underpinnings of Mac OS X.
The server product, which Apple has said will be targeted toward educational and network administrators as well as professional Web masters, includes IP-based file services for Mac, Windows, Unix and Linux clients; PostScript print spooling; Internet and Web serving; and network and directory services, according to eWEEK. The big change in the new version is the “wholesale adoption” of the Aqua graphical interface, the article said. eWEEK said that other changes will include:
A new focus on graphics that includes new user interface-based administration for various features such as mail services;
Use of a newly native version of ASIP’s mail server rather than the Unix-standard Sendmail), DNS services and QuickTime Streaming Server;
An update to the Macintosh Manager that allow for administering network-wide policies for setting user access to applications, home directories and printers, as well as determining the log-in environment for individual users.