[KDE/Mac] Apple Mac server (was Another round of success)

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Fri May 29 07:31:04 UTC 2015

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 5:34 PM, Ian Wadham <iandw.au at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,

Hi Ian,

> On 27/05/2015, at 8:47 AM, Aleix Pol wrote:
>> On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 11:55 AM, Mario Fux <kde-ml at unormal.org> wrote:
>>> So does anybody know a good source for new Apple hardware for KDE? Please tell
>>> us if you've an idea.
>> Ben sent an e-mail to the board last week about that. I think you were
>> CC'd. I (we) asked him to send us a couple of alternatives so we can
>> make up our minds.
>> Personally, I don't have a doubt that we want the problem solved,
>> question is whether there's an affordable way to do so, but it's
>> barely the Board's job to research what are the different alternatives
>> we've got, IMHO.
> I was passing the local Apple Store today and went in to do a bit of tyre
> kicking. IMO the Apple Mini would be good for the job, if it is powerful
> enough to handle whatever the workload will be (which I do not know).

Compilation of software is the primary workload for a CI node.
>From what I have seen thus far, yes - Mini's would do fine.

> It's a monitor-less box, but it can use any monitor if/when necessary,
> however it might need an adapter, for an extra $30 or so.

Monitor's aren't needed, as long as the graphical session can run
without one being attached.

> Tech specs are here https://www.apple.com/au/mac-mini/specs/ but with
> Australian prices.  As you can see, it has quite a range of connections,
> including Ethernet, even in the latest version.
> I guess it would be up to Ben or his nominee to come up with a firm config,
> a proposal and and a price, in whatever location it is to be purchased.
> The other concern is who would be its "mother", i.e. who would see it safely
> installed and configured as required in software and KDE sys admin? If
> someone has to travel to do this, those expenses should be factored in.
> Cheers, Ian W.


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