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Apple announces Mac OS X Server Leopard

Leopard Server brings together more than 250 new capabilities including Wiki Server, which enables groups of people to collaboratively create and modify their shared websites with a few simple mouse clicks; and iCal Server, the world’s first standards-based CalDAV calendar server.

“Leopard Server is the best version of Mac OS X Server released to date, bringing the most notable innovations like Podcast Producer, Wiki Server, and iCal Server,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With new configuration features that allow you to have a server up and running in minutes, and without the need for licenses for client machine access, Leopard Server is the ideal alternative to complicated and expensive server offerings for small and large businesses.”

Leopard Server introduces new features for easy configuration, administration and monitoring of network systems. Server Assistant configures server applications, network preferences such as IP addresses, DNS settings, and user accounts with a few simple mouse clicks. Server Preferences simplifies the management of key server users, groups, and applications; and the Server Status dashboard widget remotely monitors activity and usage. Leopard Server also eliminates the need to manually configure Leopard clients by taking care of automatically configuring client applications, including file sharing, Mail, iChat, iCal, Address Book, and VPN, from user information stored on the server.

Podcast Producer is the easiest way for anyone to record content, automatically upload it to the server, and turn it into a podcast optimized for playback on almost any device, including HDTVs, iPods, Apple TVs, or mobile phones with multimedia capabilities. .

Thanks to the Wiki Server, anyone can easily create and edit collaborative web pages, called wikis, with just a few clicks of the mouse. Wiki Server includes 20 themes for web pages designed by Apple and also maintains a complete history to restore previous entries and combine or compare different versions. Wiki Server can automatically notify users each time a change is made, keeping them updated with the latest information; and users can select keywords to quickly locate content.

The latest version of the server operating system allows you to share calendars, schedule meetings and coordinate events within a work group, a school, a small business or a large corporation, using iCal Server. iCal Server is the first open standards-based calendar server that works with popular calendar programs that support the new CalDAV standard and does not require client access licenses, so companies and organizations can add new users freely, as they grow, at no additional cost, as indicated in the press release issued by Apple.

Leopard Server is fully UNIX compliant and its core services, including Apache 2, MySQL 5, Postfix, Podcast Producer, and QuickTime Streaming Server, are 64-bit; This enables users to work with large data sets and take full advantage of the performance and processing power of their 64-bit hardware. Since Leopard is also fully 32-bit compatible, users can natively run 32-bit and 64-bit applications at the same time.

Price and availability

Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard will be available on October 26 in the Apple Spain sales channel and in the Apple Store online at the recommended price of 459 euros (VAT included) the edition for 10 clients and 929 euros (VAT included ) the edition licensed for an unlimited number of customers.

Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard edition licensed for an unlimited number of clients is included with Apple’s Xserve rack-mountable server hardware at no additional cost.

Apple indicates that you can now pre-order at the Apple Store online. Existing subscribers to the Apple Maintenance Program will receive Leopard Server as part of their maintenance agreement. Check with Apple for Volume and Maintenance Licensing. The standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package will be available to all customers who purchased a new Xserve system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller after October 1, 2007, at the price of 8.95 euros (VAT included). ) for handling and shipping.

Leopard Server runs on any Macintosh computer with an Intel processor or a PowerPC G5 or G4 processor (867 MHz or faster), a minimum of 1 GB of RAM and at least 20 GB of available hard disk space.