Home > Apple > Apple Boosts Server Software License Apple Boosts Server Software License Submitted by rajan r 2002-10-14 Apple 8 Comments A new program lets buyers of the Mac OS X Server sign on for three years of unlimited access to software upgrades for the same price Apple charges for a single, onetime upgrade. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 8 Comments 2002-10-14 6:25 pm Anonymous Finally time to upgrade to Jaguar 2002-10-15 2:49 am Anonymous i really do need to figure this out, Actually, I can get people to pay me! for updates for an os that is non functional.. in some ways … saaaweeeet good summarisation Rajan. 2002-10-15 2:53 am Anonymous the catch is getting people to pay $3-5000 for a $]-[17 computer thats non-upgradable ( & if so to a degree that is negligable) & then ALSO pay for updates on a FREE x86 OS. Hmm make a decent window manager for unix & Charge them out the 4$$ – IT’S A PLAN!!!! 2002-10-15 2:59 am Anonymous There have been quite a few reports of the Workgroup Manager part of Mac OS X Server not working properly, some parts of it not working at all, etc. Ack! 2002-10-15 6:11 am Anonymous I didn’t summarize it. Eugenia did. And in case you were wondering, no, I’m not scouting around Mac news sites daily, it is just this pesky site called Google News…. 2002-10-15 10:30 am Anonymous I’m not sure everyone picked up this is for MacOS X Server, which is sold to run on PowerMacs (towers) and XServes (1U rackmounts), both of which are upgradable as hardware. It’s all about value. An unlimited-seat license available for MacOS X Server, along with signing up for 3-years worth of updates? This saves many thousands of dollars over so-called “cost-effective” x86-based alternatives running Windows servers. It’s also all about getting Apple servers out into the field. Nothing sells like the word of a systems administrator on what’s good. As for MacOS X Server vs. Linux servers? We’ll have to see… 2002-10-15 12:39 pm Anonymous The XServe is the least upgradable IU rackmount server I have ever seen. But it is really rare for a company, the enterprise, to upgrade their hardware beyond RAM and hard disk, and perhaps adding another Ethernet hub/switch. 2002-10-15 1:30 pm Anonymous Upgradeable 1U’s are a myth. Certainly Drives, Memory and perhaps a CPU are upgradeable. About the same as they are in your average laptop. I’ve got Sun’s, Dell’s, HP’s, a couple of scratch builds (Gigabyte), and an XServe that I manage. I’ve had the case off of every one of them. If you say the XServe is the worst, I say the Sun (Netra) is. It’s terrible for improving it once you take delivery of it. A replacement hard drive is almost as much as the original machine was. The XServe is on par with a Dell 1650 in terms of flexability. The Dell is marginally cheaper for the hardware, but once you buy the obligatory OS, or blow the 30 hours of your $125 / hour salary on installing Linux or BSD (and properly configuring), you’ve more than made up the difference.