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Running Mac OS X Panther, 9780596005009 (0596005008), O'Reilly, 2003
Apple® has shown no mercy to the Macintosh® power user---that dedicated individual who knows their Mac® inside and out: what makes it tick, and what makes it tick better. In the rapid evolution of Mac OS® X, there have been three major releases, and each new release challenges the power user to once more stay ahead of the learning curve. Mac OS X Panther is no exception to that rule. With more than 100 new features, including a new Finder, Expos , FileVault, and an improved BSD Unix core, there's plenty here to master. Fortunately, power users have a secret weapon in Running Mac OS X Panther. This book takes readers deep inside Mac OS X's core, revealing the inner workings of Panther for those who want to get the most out of their system. Running Mac OS X Panther is the ultimate Swiss Army Knife™ for power users who want to customize, tweak, and generally rev up their Mac. The easy-to-follow format is organized into three primary parts:
  • Getting Started introduces you to Mac OS X--where it came from, how it's put together, and how it works
  • Administration Essentials gives you the tools you need to examine how your system is running and adjust all the knobs behind its operation
  • Networking and Network Services covers all the ways Mac OS X interfaces with the world around it, including wireless and spontaneous networking
Developer Tools, including Xcode, for Mac OS X are discussed throughout the book where needed to accomplish the task at hand. The appendices that follow include handy quick reference materials for things such as Open Firmware. Written for readers who are inquisitive and confident enough to dig into their Macintosh system, Running Mac OS X Panther doesn't waste time talking about silly Finder tips or glossing over the messier details. This book dives right in and explains how your Mac works. You may not be a Mac guru when you start this book, but once you've read it, you'll be well on your way.

Mac OS X is the first real operating system for the 21st century. A stunning achievement not to be confused with Mac OS 9 and its predecessors even as it builds on their legacy, Mac OS X redefines our expectations of what a computer should be. On the surface, Mac OS X has a graphical user interface (GUI) with usability that can't be touched by any other OS on the planet. Under the hood it has a powerful Unix engine known as Darwin, which was developed through Apple's open source initiative and based on FreeBSD 5.0 Unix distribution and the fully buzzword-compliant Mach 3.0 kernel. This combination of features gives the system its smooth multitasking behavior and virtual memory management.

This strong foundation provides the system the stability it needs to amaze, intrigue, and serve you. It is also this foundation that lets you run the Apache web server, the Postfix mail server, and X11 applications next to Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and Macromedia Dreamweaver—a feat that nobody thought possible a few years ago. For many, Mac OS X has replaced the dual boot systems that they used to have: one partition for Windows so you could run Office and another for Linux for doing Unixrelated work. Now, it's all under one roof.
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