upcoming removal of components from macOS Server: opportunity?

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at macports.org
Tue Apr 17 00:43:16 UTC 2018

> On Apr 16, 2018, at 7:39 PM, Richard L. Hamilton <rlhamil at smart.net> wrote:
> "In fall 2018, Apple will stop bundling open source services such as Calendar Server, Contacts Server, the Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites with macOS Server. Customers can get these same services directly from open-source providers. This way, macOS Server customers can install the most secure and up-to-date services as soon as they’re available."  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312 <https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312>
> For which of these (and others listed on the link) is there already a port, esp. for the recommended (or most nearly identical) replacement?  How about management GUIs?
> Should there maybe also be a mention on a FAQ or wiki page of the collective availability of easily installable alternatives via MacPorts?  If MacPorts is able to provide replacements for most of the functionality, would further publicity be appropriate?
> Anything else that might be an opportunity to mitigate this annoyance that I haven't mentioned?

I got as far as finding Apple’s detailed documentation on the open source alternatives to the features that are being removed from Server.  

https://developer.apple.com/support/macos-server/macOS-Server-Service-Migration-Guide.pdf <https://developer.apple.com/support/macos-server/macOS-Server-Service-Migration-Guide.pdf>

Clearly, MacPorts would make it much easier to install a number of these software packages compared to the manual build processes outlined in the migration document.

A wiki page showing MacPorts alternatives might be a good start.  Some are obvious but in other cases there may be multiple packages that might suit a particular installation.  If the page contains the right keywords, it ought to be easy enough to find.


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