We have a guest blogger today – Jeff Lay!
Jeff is a Resolution Engineer in Novell Technical Services and an avid Mac user. He has supported GroupWise customers since 1998 (starting with version 4.1), and has lived and worked in the U.S., the Netherlands, and Hong Kong.
Jeff was born and raised in Montana, (of course ) and received a Bachelor’s degree in English and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University, for whose football team he cheers each fall.
GroupWise 8.0.2 HP4 client on Mac OS 10.9 “Mavericks”
I’ve been playing with Mac OS 10.9 for about a month now (starting with the Developer Preview 4), and I’m happy to report that in my tests, the GroupWise 8.0.2 HP4 client for Mac seems to run just fine on Mavericks, so users who update their Mac OS should be able to continue to use their GroupWise client on their Mac without interruption.
Installing the GroupWise client to a new Mac is as easy as with any Mac application, you just open the gw8.0.2HP4-client_mac_en.dmg file, and then drag the GroupWise application icon into the Applications folder.
If you have updated your Mac from an older version of Mac OS, you won’t need to reinstall the client, GroupWise will just start and run like normal.
However, if you are on a brand new installation (or on a clean install) of Mac OS 10.9, the one thing end-users will notice is that on Mavericks, Apple does not install a Java runtime by default, so the first time you launch the GroupWise client, you will be prompted to install Java SE 6 runtime (see below). When you click “Install,” the Mac OS will go ahead and run through the Java SE 6 runtime installation without requiring any software to be downloaded by the end-user.
Running the GW 8.0.2 HP4 client on Mavericks
After the Java SE 6 runtime installation finishes, you can launch the GroupWise client from the Applications folder. The client itself has not changed, so things should look and feel the same. I may be imagining this, but it feels like the client might be more responsive on my fresh install of 10.9. I suppose that could be wishful thinking, or it could be the result of some of the under-the-hood improvements that Apple made for Mavericks, but at the very least, the GroupWise client seems to work at least as well as it did on Mac OS 10.8.x (Mountain Lion).
What I’ve Tested
I’ve tried to test as many of the functions of the GroupWise client as possible on 10.9, and as yet, I haven’t found anything that doesn’t work. Some of the basic stuff I’ve tested include:
- Sending and Receiving new Mail, Appointments, Notes & Tasks
- Address Book
- Displaying Home and other folders as Panels
- Lots of other functions too numerous to mention…
Despite my best efforts, I have yet to find anything that does not work correctly. Of course, my testing was not completely exhaustive and your mileage may vary, but overall, things that worked before the Mac OS upgrade seem to work in Mavericks as well.
Where to get the GroupWise client for Mac?
For users who don’t yet have the GroupWise client for Mac installed, you get it from your GroupWise administrator or download it from Novell’s “Patch Finder” site (Novell login required) at this link.
Thanks Jeff!! Please leave your comment if you have additional questions or if you have a different experience with Mavericks