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Current Version: Version 4 Updater 7 (November 26, 2007)

Adobe (formerly Macromedia, Inc.) produces the JRun Java application server, written in Java for Mac OS X. New features include drag-and-drop deploy, XDoclet integration, and optimized Macromedia Flash Player connectivity.

Version 4 Updater 7 fixes many bugs and includes the following enhancements:

  • Sun JDK Support - JRun 4 Updater 7 supports JDK 1.6.0_01 and JDK 1.6.0_02.
  • Updated JDBC drivers - JRun 4 Updater 7 kit includes version 3.6 build 0017 of the JRun JDBC drivers.
  • Windows Support - JRun 4 Updater 7 supports Windows Vista.
  • Mac OS X on Intel support - JRun4 Updater 7 supports Mac OS X 10.4 on Intel.
  • 64-bit Support - JRun4 Updater 7 provides 64-bit support on Solaris-SPARC. Other 64-bit operating systems including Windows 64-bit and Solaris-x86 64-bit are not supported.
  • IIS Support - JRun4 Updater 7 supports IIS7.
  • Apache support - JRun4 Updater 7 supports Apache versions 2.2.x.
  • SunOne Webserver Support - JRun4 Updater 7 supports SunOne Webserver 7.
  • IBM JDK 1.5 Support: JRun 4 Updater 7 supports IBM JDK 1.5
  • Performance gains in Web Clustering - Significant gains have been achieved in Web Cluster performance by fine tuning two specific areas - RMI calls and Data replication. A session replication now makes a single RMI call as against four to five earlier. Data replication has been optimized to backup data only on need basis instead of replicating on all calls. It has been further tuned to send only changes to the backup node instead of replicating the entire session object.

The online release notes have further information, including a complete list of bugfixes.

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Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!