Underneath the colorful interface of Mac OS X is a powerful, complicated operating system based on BSD Unix. And, Mac users of all kinds continue to need help both in figuring out how to run OS X and in understanding how OS X works underneath the covers as well as how to get the most out it. In late summer 2003 Apple is expected to release a new version of OS X, code-named Panther, that will add performance and interface enhancements, and that will further extend the capabilities of the underlying Unix-based subsystem. The third edition of Mac OS X Unleashed takes the same approach as the best selling first and second editions. The book is known for helping the reader deal with the most trouble-prone aspects of the user interface, including the new features in the latest version, but focusing to a much greater extent on the BSD environment and how the user or administrator can get the most out of both the current operating system as well as the new components expected in the latest version.
About the Author
John Ray is an award-winning application developer and security consultant with more than 20 years of programming and administration experience. He has worked on projects for the National Regulatory Research Institute, The Ohio State University, Xerox and the state of Florida, as well as serving as the IT director for a multimillion dollar design and technology firm. A Macintosh owner and programmer since 1984, John has written/contributed to numerous titles including Maximum Mac OS X Security, Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Studio MX 2004 All in One, Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X and Panther All In One.
William Ray is a mathematician turned computer scientist turned biophysicist who has gravitated to the field of bioinformatics for its interesting synergy of logic, hard science, and human-computer-interface issues. Will is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbus Children's Research Institute Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, where he is investigating tools that work at the interface between humans, computers, and information, and working to build a core computational research and training facility for his institute.
Joan Ray (Contributing Author) is a Unix system administrator and Webmaster for the College of Biological Sciences at The Ohio State University. Joan has a degree in French from OSU and is working toward additional degrees in Japanese and geology. When not helping with this or other books, Joan is administering a cluster of SHI and Sun Unix workstations and servers; helping and providing training for users with Unix, Classic Mac OS, and Mac OS X questions; and serving as college Webmaster.