On 2018-04-16, at 5:43 PM, Craig Treleaven wrote:

>> On Apr 16, 2018, at 7:39 PM, Richard L. Hamilton <rlha...@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
>> 
>> 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
> 
> 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.
> 
> Craig
> 


I wonder if webmin <http://www.webmin.com/> would be able to fill in the front 
end to this, with a bit of tweaking. it's been around a while, and has a lot of 
this kind of front-ending in mind...

I was trying to get this set up previously, and started this up 
<https://github.com/kencu/myports/blob/master/net/webmin/Portfile> but never 
finished the full configuration.

Ken


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