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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 ...

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Overview

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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780596005009
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

James Duncan Davidson is a freelance author, software developer, and consultant focusing on Mac OS X, Java, XML, and open source technologies. He is the author of Learning Cocoa with Objective-C (published by O'Reilly & Associates) and is a frequent contributor to the O'Reilly Network online website as well as publisher of his own website, x180 (http://www.x180.net), where he keeps his popular weblog. Duncan was the creator of Apache Tomcat and Apache Ant and was instrumental in their donation to the Apache Software Foundation by Sun Microsystems . While working at Sun, he authored two versions of the Java Servlet API specification as well as the Java API for XML Processing. Duncan regularly presents at conferences all over the world on topics ranging from open source and collaborative development to programming Java more effectively. He didn't graduate with a Computer Science degree, but sees that as a benefit in helping explain how software works. His educational background is in Architecture (the bricks and mortar kind), the essence of which he applies to every software problem that finds him. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Copyright

Preface

Part I: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Where It All Came From

Chapter 2: Lay of the Land

Chapter 3: The Terminal and Shell

Part PART II: Essentials

Chapter 4: System Startup and Login

Chapter 5: Users and Groups

Chapter 6: Files and Permissions

Chapter 7: Monitoring the System

Chapter 8: Scheduling Tasks

Chapter 9: Preferences and Defaults

Chapter 10: Disks and Filesystems

Part III: Advanced Topics

Chapter 11: Open Directory

Chapter 12: Printing

Chapter 13: Networking

Chapter 14: Network Services

Part IV: Appendixes

Appendix A: Installing From Scratch

Appendix B: Boot Command Keys

Appendix C: Other Sources of Information

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Apple Still Has the Best GUI/OS combination

    A little cognitive dissonance or impedance mismatch, perhaps, on the cover. It says 'Panther' but shows some kind of dog. Luckily, the rest of the book does not exhibit similar inconsistencies. :) For starters, the first chapter is an excellent independent summary of Apple's operating system history since 1984's Macintosh release. It makes clear that Panther is the third major iteration of OS X. Nice new improved usability features like XCode for developers and an improved Finder. If you are acquainted with unix/linux or Microsoft Windows, you should get the message from this book that Apple still leads in the cleanest combination of operating system and user interface. Unix fans will see much friendly territory. Indeed, who would have thought 10 years ago that Apple would converge its operating system atop unix? A brilliant move that lets it leverage off ideas and innovations in unix and linux. In fact, a virtual necessity. Apple's market share is so small that it cannot maintain a brute force matching of competitors' features, let alone surpass these. Apple fans can read this book and come away encouraged that Apple can still innovate and punch above its weight. It has a future, despite the repeated pronouncements of people like Michael Dell. Please note that Davidson is explicitly writing for experienced Mac users, though you do not have to be currently running OS X? (Why aren't you?)

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