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It's about time: Mac OS X for Unix Geeks arrives on the scene none too soon for UNIX aficionados who, having heard that the latest editions of Mac OS are based on a UNIX variant, want to see how the platform compares to more venerable versions of the eminently configurable operating system. This book highlights some key differences between the Darwin environment and more conventional UNIXs, enabling people with UNIX experience to take advantage of it as they learn the Mac OS X way of doing things at the command line.
This skinny volume neither aims to teach its readers UNIX nor introduce them to the Mac, but rather to show how Apple has implemented UNIX. It's a fast read that assumes--as the title implies--rather a lot of UNIX knowledge. With that requirement satisfied and this book in hand, you're likely to discover aspects of Aqua more quickly than you otherwise would have.
The authors spend lots of time explaining how administrative tasks--such as managing groups, users, and passwords--are handled in the Mac OS environment. They document netinfo fully, and call attention to its limitations (like its inability to create home directories for users) by explaining how to do the job on the command line. They also cover C programming in the Darwin universe at greater length than any other book does, providing explicit instructions for such important tasks as creating header files and linking static libraries. A guide to the command line (they call the reference section--groan--"The Missing Manpages") provides good value at this book's conclusion. --David Wall
Topics covered: How to get around in Darwin, the UNIX implementation built into Mac OS X. Sections deal with basic maneuvering at the command line, LDAP services, C programming, and graphical user interfaces under Aqua. There's a short section on building the kernel itself, but it's limited in scope. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Vital starting point for UNIX power-users new to Mac OS X." Computer Shopper, July (5 stars) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This is a very slight book, with only slightly useful information. There is way too much time teaching supposed "Unix Geeks" what a shell is, rather than just saying,... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003 by Thomas Andrews
Don't buy this book. Must of the info is in the net. Much better if you get the MAC OS X Hacks by Dornfest (O'Reilly also)Published on April 12 2003 by Jose L. Rivera
I also agree I felt really cheated. There are a ton of topics regarding OSX from a Unix users's perspective I'd like to see covered and this book had about 5% of them. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by Jeffrey Bolden
This book gives an old command-line hack like me a great start to getting a feel for Darwin/OS X. Lots of good nitty-gritty information, and pointers to where to find more.Published on Feb. 19 2003 by Monkey Monkey