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Why IT Won't Like Mac OS X Lion Server 341

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's John Rizzo sees Mac OS X Lion Server as a downgrade that may prompt a move to Windows Server. 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server adds innovative features and a new low price tag, but cuts in services and the elimination of advanced GUI administration tools may force some enterprise departments to think twice about the role of Mac servers on their networks,' Rizzo writes. 'Looking more deeply inside Lion Server, it's impossible to avoid the conclusion that Lion Server is not built for those of us in IT. The $50 price tag — down from $500 — is the first clue that Lion Server trying to be a server for the consumer. But the ironic part for IT administrators is that Lion Server actually requires a greater degree of technical knowledge than its predecessors.'"
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Why IT Won't Like Mac OS X Lion Server

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  • The summary mentions only two choices for IT professionals:
    • Upgrade to Lion
    • Switch to Windows server

    I can easily think of two more:

    • Stay with what you have
    • Switch to a non-windows, non-MacOS option

    I have not heard any reason why a currently working installation of OS X would suddenly stop working altogether just because the owner did not upgrade. Windows people have seen this before; there are plenty of people still running Windows XP even though two newer version of the same have been released since.

  • Unix Knowledge (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 25, 2011 @01:20PM (#36872846)

    "Requires a greater degree of technical ability" omg, the command line, NOOOOOooooooooooo!

  • by Bill_the_Engineer ( 772575 ) on Monday July 25, 2011 @01:24PM (#36872924)

    Nothing changes. Haters hate, and people who hate change will bicker. Eventually 10.7.1 will come out and fix some of the problems that are discovered during general release and life will go on. I remember similar stories about Leopard and Snow leopard.

  • Re:We get the idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Monday July 25, 2011 @01:41PM (#36873190)

    So IT departments may not like apple for various reasons.

    Look at the share price and the earnings. Apple, quite rightly, couldn't care less.

    I don't think it needs an article a day to say what IT departments think of apple either

    Slashdot is not the Wall Street Journal - most people here don't care about Apple's share price and earnings, but many of us do care about what to do with our existing OSX servers, whether or not we should plan an upgrade to Lion, and what impact that will have on us.

  • by DarkVader ( 121278 ) on Monday July 25, 2011 @01:54PM (#36873346)

    Yeah, I know about that.

    It's not really ready for production server use yet:

    Milestone: Linux Port

    No date set

    Milestone with the goal of a functional (to approximately whatever the current level of functionality is) server on some version of Linux.

    This is intentionally vague; the point is to get a server running on something other than Mac OS, which should make future portability work a bit simpler by identifying and reducing the Mac OS dependancies.

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