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Apple details Snow Leopard Server

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    64 bit?

    Aren't Tiger and Leopard both already 64 bit??

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    64-bit support is not the same as 64-bit OS because as far as I know, the kernel is still 32-bit in nature. Previous versions of OS X touted some 64-bit support in frameworks.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and for real analysis...

    Good Stuff.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm just hoping...

    that Podcast Producer 2 will be easier to configure than PP1. I've been trying to set it up on a test server where I work, and can't manage to figure out how to configure the workflow portions, or how to set up the server for multiple users to post files to different sites.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and thank god...

    for server side Out of Offices!!! HIP HIP HORRAY!! (translation - its about freaking time)

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seive scripts exist

    Server side out of office is available now. You can install Sieve scripts on the server and easily configure it to send server side out of office messages. The only thing is that you have to go through webmail to access and change it.

  1. lostinspace2011

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Already done

    Take a look at Address Book Server from, well This allows you to sync contacts with your own Address Book Server hosted on your own mac.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just make 10.5 work

    I guess if they are focusing on performance and reliability that's all a Mac Server admin really wishes for. The clients OS seems to be far more stable than the server version.

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: dagamer34

    When you say:

    " because as far as I know, the kernel is still 32-bit in nature. "

    what exactly are you referring to? The Mach 3.0 kernel? The BSD layer?

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How about...

    Hay Apple, how about providing us with a server quality backup software?! They ask, we respond; they ask, we respond... am I the only one responding with this?

    Time Machine has issues, especially for server side backup. Actually, even for a client it is lacking. I mean really, if you can't backup your computer without it being logged in, how is it safe and secure?

    I swear that sometimes Apple's foot must be on the target. That's the only way they can get so close to a bullseye and still shoot themselves in the foot.

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