You were hoping that Apple would spend a little less time at its Worldwide Developer Conference on the iPhone, the health of Steve Jobs, and the desktop and laptop variant of the "Snow Leopard" Mac OS X and maybe launch the server variant of Snow Leopard? You were hoping it would flesh out a real server product line? Well, you …
When Apple announced Snow Leopard a full year ago, they said it would only be for Intel Macs, yet this article seems to imply that it was a surprise announcement. Snow Leopard Server will also run just fine on any Intel Mac, not just the 2009 XServes (XServes have had Intel CPUs since 2006, and Server still runs on other Macs such as the Mac Pro - not only on XServe).
Almost every "fact" in this article is pure unresearched nonsense.
In no particular order.
OS X Server doesn't need an Xserve - it runs on many of my customers Mac minis just fine.
The price is not what Apple have always charged - it is half the price, or the same as the old 10-user license. It now comes only in "unlimited".
Snow Leopard is just what was promised: a streamlined version of Leopard; slimmer, faster, few new features. Even so you've glossed over far too many of the new features, including Grand Central and the mobile push support.
10.4 was "Tiger"; "Panther" was 10.3
Leopard already supports 64bit and greater than 4GB memory. Snow Leopard just makes even more of the basic software 64bit. There is (and always has been) only one version of OS X that runs all 32bit and all 64bit apps side by side
If you still have a PPC Xserve it's been out of warranty a long time and you really should be upgrading to something that it is easier to obtain parts for.
Apple have NOT made any such announcement. The 'Intel Only' rumour was started when the developer version of snow leopard was leaked and revealed it only ran on intel macs.
This doesnt mean the release will only run on intel. Although it does look that way... assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
@ Sarah B
Agreed, seems like it.
When Apple changed to Intel, anyone with a PPC Xserve would have realised they wouldn't be supported indefinitely, os-wise.
Anyone out there heaving an Xserve PPC (please)?
Re: Intel Only
@Pete: You may want to check again. Apple has indeed said that Snow Leopard is for Intel-Only machines. They re-iterated this during the WWDC also, but it was said before. You can also find such information on their web page:
First item in the "General Requirements" section is:
* Mac computer with an Intel processor
Is it possible that the server version will support PowerPC processors when the desktop version will not? I guess anything is possible; though I wouldn't bet on it.
The "intel Only" rumour isn't a rumour, as they announced Snow Leopard last year, they said that it would not support PPC. I'm pretty certain that it was mentioned when the Intel Macs were first announced too. History also tells you that PPC support ending was an inevitability. Apple stopped selling the 68k processor in 1994. OS 8.1 was the last Mac OS to support 68k processors, released *4 years later* in 1998. They've done it before - they'll more than likely do it again.