So, Mountain Lion is looking like a July 25 release. Apple have released docs for Mountain Lion Server, and the move from big iron enterprise Unix continues. Server Admin and WorkGroup Admin appear to have been dropped, NetBoot isn't mentioned but NetInstall is. Interestingly, FTP looks like it is back in the GUI. PPTP VPN looks like it has disappeared again.
The big problem, and I might be the only person who thinks this, is that whilst a lot of the power is still there (they are still using BIND, Apache, RADIUS, OpenLDAP, Perl/Ruby/Python etc etc), their is precious little documentation on it. And where Apple used to have a reasonable training and certification program, it has all but disappeared (the Open Directory section of their 'Advanced' Admin guide is barely 7 pages). Good enough if you don't care about best practice and are happy to set up an ad hoc server by trial and error for a small business that's not too fussed about downtime when you realise you need to rebuild the server because the DNS name you gave it in the first instance was wrong. But if you want to use the real power that Unix offers, you really, really need to know your stuff.
I have found a temporary solution for the pains of 10.7/10.8. I am running Snow Leopard with a Lion Server VM. Likely, I will clone this and create a Mountain Lion VM. I've not found /any/ software that I need yet that is Lion specific, but this will likely happen. If I didn't need to find my way around it for work, I doubt I'd touch it. But FileMaker and Adobe tend to support only a couple of versions of the OS for any release, so the day that Snow Leopard becomes untenable draws closer still.
There is the possibility of moving to Linux, and running all instances of Mac OS X as VMs under that. I'm not sure if that would break licensing conditions or not. I seem to recall it being licensed for VMs running on Apple hardware, I don't recall mention of running the VMs under an Apple OS.
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