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Commercial Viability of Mac OS X Snow Leopard

1. Intro to Article
2. Snow Leopard at a glance
3. Usability of Snow Leopard
4. Networking with OS X
5. Comparison to Microsoft Windows 7
6. Positive Features of Snow Leopard (Over Windows 7)
7. Negative Features of Snow Leopard (Over Windows 7)
8. Commercial Viability of MAC OS X Snow Leopard
9. Closing

Networking with OS X

Adding the Snow Leopard to my Windows based network was as easy as adding a Windows computer to it. I only run a Windows XP peer server computer as my file storage and I have two networked printers with a total of five computers plus my Mac now on the network. The server was already in the list from the finder window so I just had to click the server name and then click the “connect as” button, enter my server username and password and I was in. I could see the shares no problem and open the office documents without issues.

What amazed me here was I went to add the printers to the Mac and found that once I clicked the plus sign to add a printer it found the two network printers instantly. I clicked to install each printer and with bold ease Snow Leopard selected the correct driver and installed the printer. It was done, just like that! I was ready to download drivers, get ready with INF files, argue with driver locations, set share preferences, set default printer, but no… this is not Microsoft Windows, it's Snow Leopard and it JUST did it!

The network runs very fast, no complaints there, the file shares work great, the printing works great, the internet works great! The biggest test for me was to be my work system which is developed in PHP and stored on my Windows XP peer server under Apache. There was no reason it shouldn't work as it was just a website at the end of the day. I came a little stuck here though.

Whilst I could browse the network and connect to everything on my local network, I couldn't appear to see my local web server through Safari. As I investigated it was a DNS problem. If I typed the ip address in the address bar then it worked fine although using the host name failed. This wasn't major I just found it a little strange considering it finds the same server via hostname through Finder. I used the Snow Leopard version of Windows Hosts files to create a IP address mapping to hostname and that works fine now. Slight issue, but very little to concern me.

Overall the networking works as a network should.

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