Linux Infrastructure to Support OS X Clients

Duncan McCracken, Mondada Pty LtdPart of XW15

For some of us the requirement exists to find an alternative to OS X Server running on enterprise-class hardware. This issue seems to be more pertinent as our Xserves are now reaching retirement age.

Fortunately there is a multitude of solutions available in the Linux world, but it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which flavour of linux to use, or which packages will be required for your solution, or what the dependencies of these all things are.

This introductory session with some effective practices for implementing Linux servers in an OS X environment. We’ll cover the basics of how to get an instance of Linux up and running, then how to manage and extend this installation to provide some of the services traditionally implemented using OS X server.



Duncan McCrackenDuncan is the Technical Director of Mondada Pty Ltd, an organisation leading the way in creating installation packages for OS X deployment solutions.

With over 19 years working with Apple and associated products Duncan as a consultant and has worked with some of the leading integration companies at home in Australia and around the world. He is known for his willingness to adapt to new playing fields through embracing different technologies, and his knack for creating modular, re-usable solutions.

Duncan is an Apple Certified Trainer and has spoken at various Apple-centric conferences around the world, including MacSysAdmin and MacWorld.