If you use a Mac, this post is for you. I’m asking for the opinions of Mac users.
There seem to be a lot of Macs in Informatics.
Macs can be configured to access DICE services – for example AFS, printing, backups – but sometimes this can be excessively fiddly or difficult.
I’m looking into the possibility of providing some kind of automated help – something that would configure local services on Macs more easily.
But what’s needed? I need your input.
Could you answer three quick questions please, or just tell me what you need?
Assuming that we provided something which automatically configured things such as AFS or printing on your Mac:
– Would you like the configuration process to be manually triggered by you, so that you could do it when you liked? For example, an installer which you would run?
– Or would you like it to happen automatically, regularly and silently (as with DICE Linux)?
What could most usefully be configured for you on your Mac? For instance:
- printing to Informatics printers
- Kerberos and AFS (your network filespace)
- TiBS (networked backup of your files)
- Configure Apple Mail to use Staffmail or SMS
- The School’s VPN (allows you to print from wi-fi)
- The University’s VPN
- Install the University’s Root Certificate on web browsers
- Local LDAP lookups for Mail, Address Book and so on
- Local LaTeX files
- What else?
Would it also be useful to have extra software that you needed installed automatically on the Mac?
I’d be happy to have your answers to any or all of these questions, or even to other questions if you think they’re better than mine. Mail me or comment below. Thanks.