There's more under the hood of Mac OS X than ever before -- much of it utterly new to longtime Mac users. Fear not. Get Mac OS X Unleashed. This incredibly thorough reference covers Mac OS X both as the latest, greatest, coolest Mac OS ever and as the industrial-strength UNIX system it is.
All the day-to-day stuff is here: using Apple's extensive set of Internet tools, from Sherlock to iTunes; managing printers and fonts; navigating the system (thanks, guys, for that handy list of where the old Apple menu's contents disappeared to).
The emphasis, though, is on the sheer power of Mac OS X. There's BSD 4.4derived UNIX down there, and the Rays dive in headfirst. Learn the right shell commands and you can automate operations on multiple files at once, script graphics file conversions -- you name it. There's also thorough coverage of server/network administration, including a detailed chapter on file and resource sharing with NetInfo.
Mac OS X Unleashed is packed with info you've never seen in a Mac OS book before -- for example, coverage of the open-source MySQL database, providing web services with Apache, and -- for better or worse -- a 130-page command reference! (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.