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Radio UserLand

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Commercial; $39.95

Current Version: 8.2 (September 6, 2005)

UserLand Software - founded by legendary Mac programmer Dave Winer - produces a number of web application server products that work not only on the Macintosh, but on Windows as well. Radio is a $39.95 Web application development and runtime environment. Radio includes a bundled application that streams news from authoritative publications (such as Red Herring, Wired News, Salon, CNN, Reuters, the San Jose Mercury-News, Motley Fool, Internet.Com, and from weblogs such as Tomalak's Realm, AppleSurf, Slashdot.Org, XML.Com, Freshmeat and Scripting News) and allows you to select stories for publishing on your own weblog, or "Blog". Radio supports RSS 0.90 or greater, <scriptingNews> 1.0 or greater for input; and RSS 0.92 for output.

Downloads are available as free 30-day trials. Radio includes an integrated HTTP server but works with third-party server software as well.

Version 8.2 includes many upstreaming improvements, new features for Radio's folder viewer, and additional bug fixes and developer features. The Radio 8.2 release does not include a new application file to upgrade. Simply update Radio.root to get the new version.

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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!