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Migrating to Mac OS X (Pixar, Government?)

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MacWorld details Pixar's previously reported migration to Mac OS X.

Pixar leveraged the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X to help create maintenance and administration scripts and moved their 400+ Macs over from OS 9 to Mac OS X.

Meanwhile, Apple has now published a knowledge base article with an Installation and Setup Guide for using the Department of Defense Common Access Card with Mac OS X. Previously reports had noted that Panther contained U.S. Government specific login interfaces. No specific government migration announcements have been made, so the implication of these tools are left to speculation.
 

aethier

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Maybe people will see that the US Government uses Macs, and will think "hey those computers cannot be that bad" and sells of Macs would then in theory, go up. Proving that Macs are not just for video editing like the average Joe blieves.


aethier
 
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greenstork

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Does this mean that the Pixar server farms will eventually migrate to Apple too? I don't have time to read the whole article here at work so apologies if the answer to this question is in there.
 
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the_mole1314

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You mean you can do more than iMovie!! :eek:


;) :p

I think that OSX in the Gov would be cool, but I think that we need more Macs in view of the regular civilian instead of congress and the prez.
 
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kwajo.com

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anybody remember how to see the gov. specific login graphics? I saw them once, but no idea how now that the final version has shipped
 
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DeusOmnis

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Anyone using Mac OS X is great. Having the government use it means that contract companies of the government would be encouraged to use it too. If those contract companies are using it then there would be a huge trickle down effect.

Also, the number of government employees is huge, and the number of government contract employees is even greater.
 
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autrefois

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Hmm...hidden interfaces in Panther destined for the Department of Defense and other government agencies to log in...Is Big Brother watching us?? (turns on FileVault) :)
 
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cosmicsoftceo

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Originally posted by DeusOmnis
Anyone using Mac OS X is great. Having the government use it means that contract companies of the government would be encouraged to use it too. If those contract companies are using it then there would be a huge trickle down effect.


Oh no! The government & the trickle down effect again!

*Flash back to Reagan years...*
 
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Head Wound

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Originally posted by Phil Of Mac
Isn't the whole point of the Mac to fight the Man? So why is the Man using a Mac now?

It was created to fight "big blue", not "big brother".

Besides, it was created to fight 'the man' and now 'the man' has chosen it, then would not that be final victory?
 
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MrMacMan

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Originally posted by gwuMACaddict
:D

if the government starts using panther, i'll feel a lot better about paying my taxes

Ha, don't pay taxes, move to canada... er I mean... ;)

To begin migrating, the first thing that administrators at Pixar did was create a custom Mac OS X image that they could use to install not only Mac OS X on all of their machines but also all the applications that every person at Pixar uses and Pixar's specific network and machine configurations.

ARG, HOW CAN THEY MAKE BOOT DISKS AND WE AS REGULAR MAC USERS CAN'T!?!?!?

ARG!!!!!

:mad: :mad:
 
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ITR 81

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About damn time they start the switch.

After seeing what can happen when world wide virus goes out across the board in the intel sector of mil. I'm surprised the gov. didn't do this sooner. Heck in my old job we could hack classified servers all the time which went up to HQ stating MS 2000 and Xp Pro are not as secure as they were told.
Trust me when I say OS would fail at company levels all the damn time. Whats bad is the mil. doesn't have enough contractors out to fix all the issues with down sys so soliders get trained up to take care of it which is good and bad.

I told friend right before leaving the mil. that Apple is making a comeback and he just laughed.
 
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jaykk

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Is 2003 the year of laptops or year of Apple? Look at all those news - G5, iPod/ITunes Music store, Viginia Tech Super computer, all these people writing about switching to Mac because of all the virus on windows platform. Apple is finally ready to take on big brother( this time it is M$, 20 years apart 1984-2004). I think we will see a Documents from Apple next year. The next couple of year is looking really bad for M$ with all these never ending virus threats and longhorn slipping past 2006. Mac OS X and Linux is going to capture a significant market share by that time.
 
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Panther has some very interesting stuff that points to US Gov. acceptance.
Secure delete ... go into your Finder menu, there it is, Secure Empty Trash.
In the earlier builds it had 1, 7 and 35 rewrites (when deleting a file).

FileVault is another one.

Funny, i was going to post this yesterday but I just felt like going to bed ...
 
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cdkf92

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PIXLET?

Hey, has anybody seen Pixlet? As someone who does a lot of video work, I was excited about the potential of this Codec. However, it didn't seem to get installed with 10.3. There's almost no info about it on the Apple website, except for the little blurb in the panther sidebar. I don't think it made it into the initial panther version. :mad:
 
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cdkf92

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Originally posted by Phil Of Mac
Pixlet is only important on the production side. It's not a consumer or a default feature.

Okay, maybe that's true, but there's no information on how to buy it/ download it/ install it that I can find. Anyway, the line between personal and professional is very blurred these days. Most people don't need ColorSync but there it is on every mac. The Shake Qmaster renderer is automatically installed on most machines even though Shake is about as high-end as Apple gets. Heck, even xCode gets its own disk included in every package of panther, and how many families are gonna use that?

Pixlet was important enough to mention on both the Quicktime and Panther pages, and now it seems to have vanished. Does only Pixar get to play with it?
 
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