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]
Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly
This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.
- New iMacs, New G3s, and Mac OS X Server (11 Jan 99)