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Apple Announces Mac OS X Server

New Server Software Optimized for Internet

MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO—Jan. 5, 1999—Apple Computer, Inc. today announced Mac OS X Server, the Company’s new server operating system, which combines the proven strength of Unix with the simplicity of Macintosh. Mac OS X is built on the high-performance Mach microkernel and BSD 4.4, and includes the Apache HTTP web server and WebObjects application server.

“Mac OS X Server is Apple’s first modern server operating system, and gets Apple started down an important road,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s interim CEO. “Our customers can now get a standards-based Internet server for under $5,000 that is faster than other servers costing several times as much.”

Coupled with the new Power Macintosh G3 line announced today, Mac OS X Server delivers affordable server solutions for Apple’s Internet publishing, web application development, print publishing and education customers. Key Mac OS X Server features include:

A modern foundation, based on Mach and BSD 4.4, which provides performance and stability through full preemptive multitasking, protected memory and advanced virtual memory.
Apache 1.3.3, the HTTP server used by over half the websites on the Internet, which scales from workgroups to Internet sites capable of handling millions of hits per day. Apache leverages the power of open-source development to deliver a feature-rich web serving solution.
WebObjects 4, Apple’s market-leading application server platform for development and deployment of high-performance, large-scale Internet and intranet applications. With major advances in ease of application development, performance and Java functionality, WebObjects 4 is a milestone release, and now supports Power Macintosh G3 systems in addition to Unix and Windows NT platforms.
NetBoot, a new feature which allows a network of Macs to be booted and configured from a single server, making network administration as easy as running a single Mac. With NetBoot, all Macs on a network share the same base system and applications stored on the server. NetBoot enables full control of user access, allowing users to securely access their own applications, documents and personal desktop preferences from any Macintosh on the network.
Scalable Apple file services capable of supporting over 1,000 users and thousands of open files. Users can access files from any AppleShare client over TCP/IP or AppleTalk network protocols, and user and group information can be shared among multiple servers. Additionally, all file server operations may be managed remotely using web-based remote administration tools.

System Requirements, Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X Server supports all Power Macintosh G3 or Macintosh Server G3 systems, and is optimized for Apple’s new line of Power Macintosh G3s. Mac OS X Server requires 64MB of RAM, 1GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. Mac OS X Server is expected to ship the first quarter of 1999 in the United States, with worldwide availability in Spring 1999. The software will be available online from The Apple Store ( for the estimated retail price of U.S. $999.

Mac OS X Server will also be available pre-configured on a Power Macintosh Server G3 for U.S. $4,999. This system includes: PowerPC G3 at 400MHz and 1MB level 2 backside cache; 256MB DRAM; ATI RAGE 128 with 16MB Video SDRAM; 2 x 9GB Ultra 2 SCSI 10,000rpm hard drives; 24x-speed CD-ROM drive (maximum); USB; and, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet.

Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission to bring the best personal computing products and support to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140 countries around the world.

Press Contacts:
Staci Sheppard
Apple Computer, Inc.

Russell Brady
Apple Computer, Inc.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit Apple's PR website (, call Apple's Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042, or Emma Duckenfield at our PR agency, Edelman Worldwide, at (650) 968-4033, extension 1034.

Apple, the Apple logo, AppleShare, AppleTalk, Mac OS, Macintosh, Power Macintosh, and WebObjects are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.

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