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Bob Zelin
Re: Mac Mini with eGPU
on Nov 4, 2018 at 5:28:20 pm

Erik writes -
The new MacMini will replace our current server very well however. It’s almost a perfect replacement there.

Well, don't get too excited there. In November 2017, I was crushed when I saw that Apple had ruined the
MacOS Server product with High Sierra. Everything up to 10.12.6 Sierra server worked great. So when I saw your post, I decided to try at least simple file sharing using macOS 10.14 Mojave. So Apple has fixed the simple file sharing issues (kind of) that existed in 10.13, but it's not like the old server product from Apple, and in fact, for most simple server applications, you don't actually need the Server software on your "server" for file sharing, users, groups, permissions, etc. I would love to see Apple want to get back into that business. (Foxxconn purchased Thecus - a competitor of QNAP and Synology - I have no idea why, other than to possibly help Apple get back into the server business) - but as of now - eeh. At least the new Mac mini can come with a native Aquantia based 10G ethernet port, which will leave the T3 buss available for your drive array. Of course, with the influx of Chinese NAS boxes that are dirt cheap, the price of an external T3 array for the new Mac mini (even if there does become a server again) - is not financially appealing anymore.

There are 2 things that I know that I will never know. 1) is there life after death, and 2) what is Apple going to do next.

Bob Zelin

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