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Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther

Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther

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by Dave Taylor, Brian Jepson

Renowned for its friendliness, Mac OS® X has delighted many a loyal Mac® user with its combined ease use and underlying strength. By no means simplistic, its intelligently designed operating system and user interface boast of sophistication and power, while still offering accessibility to even the most inexperienced computer users. But Mac OS X has gone


Renowned for its friendliness, Mac OS® X has delighted many a loyal Mac® user with its combined ease use and underlying strength. By no means simplistic, its intelligently designed operating system and user interface boast of sophistication and power, while still offering accessibility to even the most inexperienced computer users. But Mac OS X has gone one step further: it's turned unsuspecting Mac users into Unix® users, too.Perhaps you're already familiar with Unix, just not on the Mac. Or perhaps you opened your Utilities folder, spotted the Terminal icon and double-clicked on it just to see what it does. Suddenly faced with a command line interface, you may have asked, "What does this mean?" followed by the most pressing question, "Why on earth would I ever want to venture into this seemingly user-unfriendly territory?"The new edition of Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther answers these questions and more. This compact book provides a user-friendly tour for the uninitiated of the Mac's Unix base. You can safely explore Terminal and familiarize yourself with the command line, learning as you go about the hundreds of Unix programs that come with your Mac. You'll begin to understand the power and flexibility of Unix. And if Unix isn't new to you, you'll discover how it translates into this latest Mac incarnation. Updated to cover Mac OS X Panther (Mac OS X 10.3), this book will keep you current with the latest features of your Mac.Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther begins with a quick but in-depth introduction to Terminal and the command line interface. All the common commands are simply explained with accompanying examples, exercises, and opportunities for experimentation. There are even problem checklists to help you along the way if you get stuck. You'll learn how to:

  • Customize your shell environment
  • Manage files and directories
  • Successfully print from the Unix command line
  • Edit and create files with the vi editor
  • Perform remote logins
  • Access Internet functions, and much more
Unix continues to thrive as an operating system because of its power, flexibility, and simplicity, and the vast community that supports it. Mac OS X Panther makes it possible for you to run Unix programs side-by-side with native Mac programs on your Mac desktop. Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther puts the power of these programs at your fingertips.

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All libraries should invest in guides to the newest version of Mac OS X. For beginners, How To Do Everything with Mac OS X Panther starts with new Panther features and OS X's differences from OS 9, before moving through using OS, getting online, using applications, working with digital media features, and troubleshooting and maintenance. In typical Mac evangelist fashion, sidebars show how users benefit from their machines, and an insert highlights several "writers and their Macs." Screen shots, sidebars, shortcuts, cautions, and notes add information; for all libraries. The less thorough Easy Mac OS X v. 10.3 Panther provides full-color screen shots and step-by-step instructions on basics from using the desktop to installing the software. Limited text and large icons make this an approachable introduction for all libraries. Learning UNIX addresses users who want to get "under the hood" of OS, clearly providing the basics of using UNIX on the Mac, why and when to do so, and suggestions for learning more; recommended for larger libraries. More comprehensive than How To Do Everything, Hands-On serves intermediate users with a teach-yourself approach. Its CD contains QuickTime video explanations and exercise files. New Panther features are highlighted, and the text supplies background information to ground its step-by-step exercises and instructions. Appendixes cover applications and utilities, online resources, and a troubleshooting guide; for medium and larger libraries. Its depth may intimidate beginners but will be useful for those seeking to learn their Macs. For intermediate to advanced users, Unleashed covers both the GUI and its UNIX underpinnings, as well as information for network administrators and a thorough discussion of maintenance and security. Cautions and notes add extra info; its comprehensiveness makes it a good choice for larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Dave Taylor is a popular writer, teacher and speaker of business and technology issues. The founder of The Internet Mall and iTrack.com, he's been involved with UNIX and the Internet since 1980, having created the popular Elm Mail System. He's also been a Mac fan since the year it was released. Once a Research Scientist at HP Laboratories and Senior Reviews Editor of SunWorld magazine, Taylor has contributed software to the official 4.4 release of Berkeley Unix (BSD). His programs are found in all versions of Linux and other popular Unix variants.

Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks and Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications. Brian sees to it that technology, especially free software, supports that mission.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is clear cut. It starts out rather boring, but makes up for it with a late chapter on using X11 and installing a few common Unix programs with Fink and then using those programs. In fact, one of those programs is Lynx, and anyone on dialup will vastly appreciate Lynx after some time using it. Basic commands like ls(dir in dos), cd(cd in dos), rm(del in dos), rmdir(deltree in dos), mkdir, are covered early, as well as pwd(~present working directory~) and although I don't remember if clear(cls in dos) was covered, I'll assume it was. Also, printing was well covered from the shell(command line), as well as some lite FTP in the shell(command prompt). Overall, the book covers everything a new user should know, while motivating them to want to know even more when they finish the book. And I don't want you to get me wrong, the book doesn't go over the equivalents in dos on everything; still, anyone who has used dos extensively will find this book of interest. In fact... they'll get a taste ever so slightly of how much more powerful unix is than dos, which in turn will only be quenched by a series of 500 page unix books where only the determined will walk happily away from.