Running Mac OS X Panther

Running Mac OS X Panther


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ISBN-13: 9780596005009
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.96(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.86(d)

About 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 (, 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.

Table of Contents



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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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?)