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Shareware; $35-$90

Current Version: 1.3.4 (November 7, 2002)

RumorMill (formerly made by Stairwars Software, creators of Interarchy), is the only shareware NNTP news server for the Mac. Although this server is not really designed to handle a full modern-day (40,000+ groups) newsfeed, the software is quite powerful, and quite easy to administer. Version 1.3.4 adds/changes the following:

  • Fixed a bug that broke posting to moderated groups
  • Included a missing error string
  • Added an "X-Trace" header
  • Brought the "NNTP-Posting-Host" header into common usage standards
  • Fixed a bug that could cause database compression to run at the wrong time
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the log file to not be trimmed to specified length
  • Fixed a set of bugs that could cause improper responses to NEWNEWS and related commands from clients
  • Add uptime to daily EMails
  • Fixed a number of bugs that could cause errors claiming memory was low (in the log file)
  • Fixed RumorMill so that it will not POST articles to a downstream server that originally came from another server
  • Fixed a bug where the ARTICLE command could return the wrong article

RumorMill requires a 680x0 or Power Mac running Mac OS 7.1 or higher (the setup application, though, requires Mac OS 7.6 or higher). The program is shareware with a fee of $90 for commercial use, $35 for private or educational use. RumorMill 1.3.x is a $15 update to registered users of RumorMill 1.2. The authors hope to carbonize RumorMill for use on Mac OS X some time in late 2002. The server portion will be ported first; the setup program will be ported later. There will be no upgrade charge to registered users of version 1.3.

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Version 1.4a13 (January 14, 2007) is now available for Mac OS X (Carbon). While this version is fully functional and stable, it has some limitations. Please see the release notes provided with the application for details.

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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!