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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    The Joy of Unix

    Look, if you get this book, you will probably not read it all. Not because it is wrong or badly written. But the sheer size...Over 750 pages, covering every aspect of OS X Panther that the author thinks would be useful to even the rawest newbie to a Mac. In some ways, the bulk is one answer to the question posed on the cover, 'The book that should have been in the box'. Yes, that is a statement, not a question. But implicitly, behind it is the question of why Apple declined to ship a comprehensive manual with the machine. Apple is trying to claw back the market share it once had. One way is to attract newcomers by offering something that is so easy and intuitive that it is self evident. Whereas a book of this length might scare them off. This leaves an opening that Pogue is readily trying to fill. There are screen captures on most pages, which in no small part adds to the book's heft. But the figures and text explain their subjects well. Experienced unix users may well find joy here. If you worked on AIX, HPUX, IRIX, Solaris or others, you know that they have basically standardised on the Common Desktop Environment GUI, which is very nice. But OS X is also a unix. Eerie. An alternate universe where there are the familiar terminal windows and command lines. But the GUI has been totally reworked. Logically very coherent and polished, once you get used to it, perhaps with this book to help you.

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