I'm using an old iBook with OS X 10.4 as a server. Is there any way I can run it headless, ideally to cut down the memory usage and aid performance?
Is a headless mode possible with any version of OS X, standard or server?
If you set it up to have a login screen with name/password instead of list of users, you can enter
It should be possible to get this login screen via VNC or ARD.
I haven't tested the following, but it should work even better.
Edit /etc/ttys and comment out (with #) the line looking like this:
and remove the # from the line looking like this:
After a reboot, the GUI shouldn't start at all.
As far as I know no. You could run it "headless" using remote desktop/vlc/console but the GUI would still be running in the background using memory/cpu.
Other options would be Darwin, linux or bsd.