Mac OS X Server Ships -- Apple last week shipped Mac OS X Server, a new Unix-based operating system for high-end server use. Formerly codenamed Rhapsody, Mac OS X Server features the popular Apache Web server, Apple's WebObjects, the capability to boot newer Macintosh models remotely via NetBoot, a high-performance Java virtual machine, network services such as DNS and Apple File Protocol, Web-based administration, and a consistent Mac-like user interface. (See "New iMacs, New G3s, and Mac OS X Server" in TidBITS-462 for more information.) Mac OS X Server runs BSD Unix 4.4 on top of the Mach 2.5 microkernel (which together offer preemptive multitasking and protected memory), plus features application technologies originally acquired from NeXT. Mac OS X Server reportedly includes the Blue Box application layer, enabling Mac OS X Server to run standard Mac OS applications. By all reports, the Blue Box isn't intended to allow Mac OS X Server to act as a workstation or to run current Mac OS server software. Developer support for Mac OS X Server is growing; several companies have already announced plans for Mac OS X Server, and more are sure to follow. Apple has priced Mac OS X Server aggressively at $499, with an unlimited client license; Apple is also selling 400 MHz G3-based servers with Mac OS X Server pre-installed starting at $4,999 (which Apple says is the fastest Apache server platform available for under $5000). [GD]
Copy Before Submitting Web Forms
Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.
- New iMacs, New G3s, and Mac OS X Server (11 Jan 99)