updated 03:00 pm EDT, Tue June 10, 2008
Snow Leopard Server
Continuing announcements at its WWDC 08 conference, Apple has exposed some details of Snow Leopard Server, a complement to the client-level operating system also in development. As with its sibling, Server will focus on making all aspects of the OS mutlicore-ready through Grand Central, with the option of tapping into GPU power via OpenCL. Because Server will operate on a 64-bit kernel, it should in theory support up to 16TB of RAM.
Accompanying the software will be new Mail, iCal and Address Book Servers. The first will sport an overhauled engine, able to handle thousands of connections, and server-side e-mail rules. Users will further have access to automatic vacation messages, and read/write support for 128-bit ZFS file systems.
iCal Server 2 will feature open-standard calendars and schedules, including group options, and a variety of other additions such as push notifications, a web-based calendar browser, and invitations sent to non-iCal Server clients. The first-ever Address Book Server will also function with open standards, namely CardDAV, which exchanges vCards through WebDAV. The app should allow people to share contacts within groups and across multiple computers.
Additionally present will be Podcast Producer 2, with a new workflow editor, designed to guide users through the steps of a creating and publishing a podcast. The software will further introduce dual-source video capture, and a new Podcast Library, enabling local hosting of podcasts distributed via Atom feeds.
Lastly, Server will contain native tools and templates for creating blogs, wikis, mailing lists and RSS feeds, some of which will optimize for the iPhone. To centralize this, Apple's My Page will let users view activities, notifications and web apps via a single URL.