This Story Posted:
July 7th, 1999


[2:52 PM]
Apple Updates QuickTime Streaming Server, Better Performance And Linux Support Added
Apple has updated QuickTime Streaming Server, their server solution for streaming QuickTime 4 content, to version 1.01. The new version includes better performance as well as support for Linux on Intel, a very important move. Apple is also excited about the fact that QuickTime 4 downloads have reached the 8 million mark. According to Apple:

Apple today announced the latest update to its QuickTime Streaming Server, version 1.0.1, which doubles performance to 2,000 concurrent streams and adds localized versions in French, German and Japanese.

The QuickTime Streaming Server update will be released both as a supported component of Apple's Mac OS X Server software, and under Apple's open source licensing program. Apple's Open Source Streaming Server has been popular with developers, over 14,000 copies have been downloaded from Apple's web site since it was released 10 weeks ago. Also, in a joint effort with the Open Source community, the Apple Open Source Streaming Server code has been updated to support Linux on Intel-based systems. Developers can now create Linux-based streaming server products without making additional modifications to the source code.

"QuickTime is the only open source standards-based Internet streaming solution," said Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With support from the Open Source community we have doubled the performance and added support for Linux, all without adding any server tax."

Apple also announced that QuickTime 4, the QuickTime client software for Macintosh and Windows computers, climbed past the eight million downloads mark, underscoring the growing popularity of QuickTime as a streaming media format.

Availability, Pricing and System Requirements

The updates to the QuickTime Streaming Server and the Apple Open Source Streaming Server can be downloaded free of charge from System Requirements for supporting 2,000 concurrent streams include 450MHz Power Macintosh G3 with ultra SCSI, four-port Ethernet and 512MB of RAM.

You can find more information on QuickTime Streaming Server at the company's web site. QuickTime 4 is also available as a free download.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Linux support was added through the OpenSource community. This is important because it shows that Apple is serious about supporting the OpenSource effort through QuickTime Streaming Server. It is very important that QuickTime Streaming Server can be run on Linux. Linux is one of the most popular serving platforms in the world. Apple will be able to see increased market penetration by making the technology available to the Linux world.