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Thu 12 May 2011
Running Lion on the Thunderbolt MacBook Pro
Category : Technology
I'm now able to run the OS X Lion Developer Preview on my new 2011 Thunderbolt MacBook Pro (15 inch). Besides finding the MBP unable to wake from sleep a couple of times, plus a corruption of the screen when I tried to run the iPhone simulator (for some reason Spaces was triggered and the video output froze beween the two screens I had set up for Spaces), I'm enjoying the Lion experience. It feels somewhat zippier than Snow Leopard, plus there are many nice touches, though aesthetically, I miss the colourful exuberance of Aqua. Lion is unremittingly grey.
By now I've got DNS Enabler, DNS Agent, WebMon and Liya running again on Lion, so that settles the basics - DNS (because the DNS admin tool in Lion Server still looks wanting), the web server (so I know my PHP scripts still run and I can get at least get my web site up on Lion), and my access to MySQL and PostgreSQL databases.
I'm using my own tool, which I'm tentatively calling DuoMo, to update my web site and weblog, and not a moment too soon because there is no FTP in Lion (or at least a GUI for starting FTP). It's all AFP now.
As usual there are changes under the hood for all three servers that I work with - the web, dns and mail servers. I've fixed the stuff for web and dns, and now I move on to mail. Only after I've made MailServe work again for Lion, can I come back to the question, what new stuff do I build for Lion?
Especially the question - what do I do with Lion Server? How do the servers I set up coexist with it, and augment it - to take advantage of Lion Server's ability to set up a Calendar and Contacts server, etc...? These are things I've always wanted to do and so I'm looking forward to the challenge.