Resistance is Futile… You Will Be Assimilated
Stairways Software has released the shareware Assimilator 2.0, which helps manage groups of Macs in situations such as student labs, libraries, testing labs, and stores that rent Macs to the public. In essence, Assimilator ensures that the hard disks on a large number of Macs contain almost identical files (preferences files may need to be different), all copied from an AppleShare server over the network. New features in 2.0 include support for multiple partitions, support for AppleShare IP over TCP/IP, and new customization features based on feedback from the MacLabManager mailing list. For a brief discussion of Assimilator, read "InterviewBITS with Peter Lewis" in TidBITS 304. Assimilator 2.0 costs $10 for individuals, with site licenses available for $500 and multiple site organization licenses for $2,000. Upgrades are free for those who registered after 01-Jan-98; otherwise upgrades cost $5 per machine.