Mailing List Message #15438
From: Bill Cole <>
Subject: Re: end of an era
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 00:02:45 -0500
To: SIMS Discussions <>
At 6:19 PM -0800 2/7/07, Christopher Bort  imposed structure on a stream of electrons, yielding:

If you're only running 'internet' services (mail, web, ftp), then you are
absolutely correct. OS X Server is not worth the premium price. It _is_
worth it, however, if you are in an environment where you need the other
services included with Server (file services, 'collaboration' services,
etc.) and you need them to be integrated through Open Directory.

The one thing I am considering shelling out for is just that. Putting together a small network of machines for a small number of users gets to be a nuisance fast, particularly if you have users who want the sort of behavior they've had in enterprise-scale Novell, Windows, and Solaris environments: one account, same user experience no matter where they log in, etc.

Top of my list of cool projects I would do with my next bit of free time (um, yeah, right) is to replicate that without the $500 price tag for Server. All the parts are there in the open Darwin tree except for the pretty GUI's and the widgetry they talk to.

Bill Cole

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