[ILUG] Mac's and Wintel and Linux....
jm at jmason.org
Wed Feb 14 12:21:47 GMT 2001
John McDonnell said:
> > What about if I update the macs to MacOs X? Does it look the same to the
> > users, and can they run existing apps?
> Mac OS X is still in Beta. It will be released to users in March. The
> public beta is decent enough but still only that. The UI is quite
> different... it's been updated to be all sparkly and translucent and
(some "as far as I know" comments here. I haven't used it extensively, or
older MacOS since about System 6.x, but from what I've heard, this is the
It's very nice alright -- but it's a totally new departure from the old
interface, so existing Mac users will hate you if you make them upgrade.
Give it a while though and hopefully a few apps will come out that provide
the "essential" features the old Mac fans need. ;)
> Current Mac OS apps will run in Classic mode.. unless they use that Carbon
> API, in which case, they'll run natively on Mac OS X.
The Carbon API is the way to do it for MacOS X clients; the Classic mode
doesn't fit in fully.
To use a Win32 parallel, it's like running an X server on a Win32 desktop
in "multiple-windows" mode (where Windows acts as the window manager).
Your X apps appear like normal Windows apps; they're all on the same
desktop; but the UNIX apps appear entirely different and use different
semantics, so it's not seamless by any stretch of the imagination.
> Anyway, we use a combo of atalkd and samba here and it works quite well.
With MacOS X you could probably just use NFS -- it really is BSD UNIX in
there! *That's* the killer feature -- proper, heterogenous network
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