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jazzfan
2006-02-01, 20:52
Started in Windows years ago. Tried and found I really enjoy Linux. I live on Linux Xandros in a Win AD domain at work, (do ipTel & VoIP for a living). Finding that Mac actually has Linux under its hood, and that I have always liked their interface, I bought a Mac mini. I am extremely pleased.

I see my mini has Apache already installed. With my Win box I installed Slim Server, but did not need IIs running. Does Slim Server run on top of Apache on my mini? Do I need to start the Apache server to use Slim Server in a Mac world? Not knowing the Mac as well as I do a Windows box, or my Linux desktop, I am gun shy to install Slim Server without understanding if it is anything more than download, click & install...

My Mac mini blows away my home Dell Windows PC, and my Linux box at home is a laptop. I'm looking forward to letting my Mac serv as my Slim Server. My new Mac has sucked me in whole. Its hard to use the other boxes and almost painful to go back to the Windows box. It's interesting. I was explaining to an audiophile friend when asking about all the PCs at home that I felt Windows is mainstream "mid-fi", Linux is "DIY high-end", and Macintosh is purely "hi-end" product. He said "ohhh" and called me the next day becuase he was out Mac shopping. :)

Mac users of Slim Server share your thoughts. Is it ok to just point, click, install, and enjoy Slim Server on my mini?

Thanks in advance.
JazzFan

stinkingpig
2006-02-01, 21:20
jazzfan wrote:
> Started in Windows years ago. Tried and found I really enjoy Linux. I
> live on Linux Xandros in a Win AD domain at work, (do ipTel & VoIP for
> a living). Finding that Mac actually has Linux under its hood, and
> that I have always liked their interface, I bought a Mac mini. I am
> extremely pleased.
>
>
BSD actually, but let's not pick nits. It's *nix.

> I see my mini has Apache already installed. With my Win box I
> installed Slim Server, but did not need IIs running. Does Slim Server
> run on top of Apache on my mini? Do I need to start the Apache server
> to use Slim Server in a Mac world? Not knowing the Mac as well as I do
> a Windows box, or my Linux desktop, I am gun shy to install Slim Server
> without understanding if it is anything more than download, click &
> install...
>
>
You don't need Apache, Slimserver does its own HTTP service.

> My Mac mini blows away my home Dell Windows PC, and my Linux box at
> home is a laptop. I'm looking forward to letting my Mac serv as my
> Slim Server. My new Mac has sucked me in whole. Its hard to use the
> other boxes and almost painful to go back to the Windows box. It's
> interesting. I was explaining to an audiophile friend when asking
> about all the PCs at home that I felt Windows is mainstream "mid-fi",
> Linux is "DIY high-end", and Macintosh is purely "hi-end" product. He
> said "ohhh" and called me the next day becuase he was out Mac shopping.
> :)
>
>
All computers suck equally, they just suck in different ways :)

> Mac users of Slim Server share your thoughts. Is it ok to just point,
> click, install, and enjoy Slim Server on my mini?
>

Should be, yes.

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Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip Since 1996

pfarrell
2006-02-01, 21:38
jazzfan wrote:
> Finding that Mac actually has Linux under its hood, and
> that I have always liked their interface, I bought a Mac mini. I am
> extremely pleased.

It is not technically correct to say it is Linux.
It is a Unix/*nix, but the Mac OS-X is son of NextStep
which is BSD based. Linux is a separate development, from
different sources. But to nearly all users, all *nix operating
systems look and work alike.


> Does Slim Server run on top of Apache on my mini?

the SlimServer is not connected to Apache in the standard
installs. That is one of the reasons it uses a separate
port (:9000) for the UI.



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Pat
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mikerob
2006-02-02, 02:21
I use a Mac Mini as a dedicated music server for my Squeezeboxes and have had no issues with it (other than the usual set of bugs you get when trying out the nightly releases...)

You don't need to do any other configuration to install and run Slimserver.

There are a couple of Mac specific points you should be aware of.

Slimserver doesn't support yet Mac aliases but you can create symbolic links to do the same thing using the terminal interface (see FAQ for details)

Also, there are limited options for encoding and tagging FLAC files on OSX. I've played around with the few applications available but I don't think any of them yet have the functionality and usability of iTunes.

2006-02-02, 03:29
> Mac users of Slim Server share your thoughts. Is it ok to just point,
> click, install, and enjoy Slim Server on my mini?

Yes. I run it 24/7 on an old 700 MHz G3 without any trouble under 10.3.9. It serves 3 SB2s.

Kevin

fairyliquidizer
2006-02-02, 13:51
It is not technically correct to say it is Linux.
It is a Unix/*nix, but the Mac OS-X is son of NextStep
which is BSD based. Linux is a separate development, from
different sources. But to nearly all users, all *nix operating
systems look and work alike.


Yeah it's elements of BSD running on a Mach Kernel so it's not really LINUX at all as Linux is a Kernel used to power GNU/Linux Operating Systems. However it's not really Free BSD but it is based on Free BSD, so it would have been more accurate to have said part of the BSD family. Anyway I'm just being a pedant and none of this really matters. I hear it's quite nice and it can be made more UN*X like (Darwin etc).

For more info read this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X