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Halp! I am new to these forums, so "Hi" and I am sorry if I am posting this in a naughty place.

I used mac once, way back during system 7 days. Titled backgrounds, pretty stuff, and trash bin 'lou' hacks. Anyways, being a young and budding programmer, I fell more into PC land. Utilizing Windows and Linux to code was certainly a better move.

Now-a-days, I am a nix guy, and gainfully employed in a Mac shop. I purchased my wife a macBook pro about 6 months ago, and I am looking at piecing together a hackintosh of sorts here.

I initially signed up here to ask this question though - With the Xserves being retired, what am I able to look at in the way of getting a mac server up and rocking. I am more than comfortable with technology as a whole - I am just wondering what is the best way to go.

I am looking for Apples answer to fill the need for a Mac VM unit - responsible for running several Linux guests. This would be a production quality server. I was toying with the idea of building up a MAC PRO - buying the model with best processor and MOBO for the job and manually updating what I need to (too keep an eye on costs).

The second machine is a mail/everything else server to use internally. I believe we have purchased a mac mini for this route - it was simple, clean, and to the point.
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Thank you for that. I just got the email about the new Mac Minis. Go figure, a week after we ordered ourselves a new one. Thanks for the advice on the mac pro server. We may actually just go Mac Mini all the way - I am very impressed with the power usage, the low heat output, and the overall ingenuity of the thing.
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So would running a server farm of mac mini's be my answer? haha. I mean, the new one just came out, looks impressive. And it really could do a decent job running 3 virtualized LAMP stack environments - I am sure. I worry about the ram capacity in this case. But my interest is certainly peaked.
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