X vs. X Server

GeeYouEye

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Just wondering, what exactly are the differences between X and X server, and is there anything that X can do that X server can't?
 

dricci

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Mac OS X Server basically has a GUI to configure all of the Unix tools under it, like apache, mail server, file sharing (samba), etc. Where Mac OS X Client has many of these tools, but no (easy) way to configure them (other than the terminal). And if you want to get recent, the latest 10.2.2 update enables journaling on the Server version, with speed optimizations (something client isn't optimized for -- yet).

Stability and Unix software/tools wise, they're both the same, just different to configure.
 

GeeYouEye

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Thanks. Is there anything that Client can do that server can't? And what, if any, performance differences are there? I'm asking all this because someone I know is thinking of getting X server for the apache and other tools. But he doesn't want to pay $1000 if it'll have performance issues or won't be able to do everything that the client version can do.
 

benixau

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yes. The client has more control over the sharings pane. BUT. As there is a hack to make a client a server, reversing it would make a server a client.

If it is not for a sever just dont get server.
 

irmongoose

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Originally posted by benixau
If it is not for a sever just dont get server.
Exactly. If you don't plan on using the machine as a server, and you just want a server version because it sounds cool, don't get it. It's not worth it. The server version is there just to make serving easier, and it doesn't include any extra features and neither does it lack any. It's just a matter of how easy it is to access these features.




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szark

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Actually, the server version does come with a few additional tools for serving, such as Quicktime Streaming Server/Broadcaster, a Webmail server, and a WebObjects Deployment server.
 

irmongoose

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Originally posted by szark
Actually, the server version does come with a few additional tools for serving, such as Quicktime Streaming Server/Broadcaster, a Webmail server, and a WebObjects Deployment server.
Yeah but that's what I'm saying. It doesn't lack or have any extra features, but it's just a matter of how to access these features. By having these apps in the server version, it makes it easier to access these features. But, you can always get third-party programs or whatever to do this on the client version.




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