[AG-TECH] Creating an AG Room Node using a Mac Backbone?

Brian Corrie bcorrie at sfu.ca
Wed Feb 15 11:33:23 CST 2006

Hi Mike,

We use Mac's for our display machine here in IRMACS (www.irmacs.sfu.ca). 
  Like you, our desktop infrastructure is Mac based here, so we wanted 
to keep that consistent in our AG environment. We have had no real 
problems with this setup. We do use Linux on the capture side, primarily 
because we (and others) have lots of experience on the capture side in 
Linux. If your primary concern is the look and feel that users have then 
using the Mac as the display machine solves that problem...



Mike Bogle wrote:
> Hi Everybody,
> I have been asked to research the logistics of implementing an Access Grid Room Node at our university, and I am hoping that some of you might be able to help me resolve a question.
> Specifically, I have been told by our IT Manager that Mac's would be the preferred operating system for the backbone of our uni's room node.  However I have been so far unable to locate much of any information on either the Access Grid homepage (http://www.accessgrid.org/), or community pages such as AGCentral, that would help shed some light on this topic.
> For example, a quick browse of the Global Nodes in our country (Australia) seems to indicate that most Room Nodes are founded on either a Windows or Linux backbone.
> Is this the case?  And if so, why?
> I would also be particularly interested in hearing from other institutions and/or organisations who have either run into difficulties establishing room nodes using Mac backbones, or who have succeeded and are using them currently.
> Any and all help would be appreciated.
> Kind regards,
> Mike Bogle

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