What about if I update the macs to MacOs X? Does it look the same to the
users, and can they run existing apps? I heared its based on Java and has a
BSD 4.x core so it has to rock, no?
Surely this way I could mount the samba server and Windozs PC's at the same
time? After all, it unix...
(These are professional machines so I don't wan't to mess them up)
Does anyone have any experience with this, is it as fast as the mac-os? The
machines are those coloured ones, can't remember the models but are recent.
I like you're idea about mounting the ip, do you know from which version of
MacOS this is supported?
Thanks to all who responded so far. You're all great :)
From: Niall O Broin [mailto:niall at magicgoeshere.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 11:26 AM
To: 'ilug at linux.ie'
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Mac's and Wintel and Linux....
On Tue, Feb 13, 2001 at 08:51:46AM -0000, Dunphy Richard-rdunph01 wrote:
> > Any considerations for mixing macs and pc's with a samba
> > server?
> Surely you need AppleTalk for the Macs, unless you've shelled out for some
> expensive it of software to allow you to see windows shares?!
There is some software called Dave something or other which allows Macs to
see SMB filesystems i.e. it's basically an SMB client for Macs but it's
expensive enough and it's a per client license.
> I know SuSE 7.0 come as default with a script to start the appletalk
> server (/sbin/init.d/atalk start), not too sure about RH! It's the atalkd
> daemon you need to setup and run to do this...
so this is what you use instead of Dave. It's called Netatalk, and it's for
Macs what Samba is for 'doze PCs. I have it running on just the spec. of
machine you mentioned with a network of ~10 Macs and it works just fine.
> And it works ok! A bit slow if you ask me, but when you get logged in to
> the Linux Server it's fairly nippy! I've actually had it running here for
Netatalk's slowness is largely down to the cruddiness of Appletalk as a
protocol. If you use Appletalk (and you must load the relevant kernel
module/compile in support to your kernel to do that) your Macs will be able
to browse the network and see the Linux server.
However, you can (with recent releases of MacOS) mount filesystems from a
server by specifying its IP address. This saves having Appletalk
running and gives you considerably faster transfer rates but you can't see
the server in the chooser (because Appletalk is necessary for the server
"Here I am" broadcasts). Of course to use IP your Macs must also be running
IP - probably are already, but if not, there's that extra administration to
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