Apple to launch Mac OS X Server 2.0 next week

New servers too, sources claim

Mac Rumour Roundup Apple will unveil a major new version of Mac OS X Server at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, sources cited by Think Secret have claimed.

The Mac maker will also announce new servers to go with it.

About time, you might think. Mac OS X Server originally shipped way back in 1999 as part of Apple's plan to show that its next-generation operating system wasn't way behind schedule. A hodge-podge of Mac OS X's Unix-based core and Classic Mac OS technologies and UI, Server was touted as a preview of what was to come when the desktop version of the OS was released.

Mac OS X Server 2.0 - the original version was 1.0, so we assume Apple will update the release ID accordingly - essentially bundles updated versions of the original release's network set-up and management tools - it recently issued a new version of WebTools, for example - with the current Mac OS X. Sources say it will ship with Macintosh Manager 2.0.

Think Secret's source says it is based on a previous, pre-release build of Mac OS X - 4L8 as opposed to 4L13, which shipped on 24 March - but includes last month's 10.0.1 update. The latest Server build is 1W2, says the source.

The hardware information is more vague, but with recent rumours suggesting the arrival of new multi-processor Power Macs, it has to be a possibility. Apple dropped all but one of its dual-CPU configurations at the start of the year when it released the 733MHz and 667MHz Power Mac G4s, based on the new PowerPC 7450 processor.

Shipping new 'two brains are better than one' machines is dependent on Motorola churning out sufficient volumes of the 7450. That may now have happened, but by restricting the option to its server line, Apple can control demand until its ready to release them to its mainstream buyers at Mac OS X's 'coming out' party this summer. ®

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