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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (Sept. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059652062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596520625
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim E Robertson on Feb. 11 2003
Format: Paperback
Confessions of a 'Net Geezer:' Yep, I'm old enough to remember when the term 'geek' was synonymous with 'nerd;' old enough to remember programming computers with punch cards; old enough to remember when "real geeks wore pocket-protectors." Now, of course, most of you reading this came on board the personal computing platform during the great Internet-Quake, which brought with it that dreaded Dot-Com Tsunami which is still wreaking havoc in the ebb of its tide.
If you are a geek, (and you know it if you are) then you understand that vi isn't necessarily the Roman number for six, perl isn't a misspelling of a precious jewel, and X11 isn't a top-secret military reconnaissance plane. Indeed, it's been suggested that "real geeks speak Unix." Of course that's an overly narrow view, but there's no denying that the server and development landscape has been radically changed by Line, freebased, and the many *nix offshoots that have begun to mature and come into their own.
As with all O'Reilly publications, Mac OS X for Unix Geeks is authored by true experts in the topic, in this case, Unix geeks. In addition it has a complete index and helpful appendixes. But the content itself is fairly inclusive of all the basic tools and services with which Unix developers will be familiar. Apple wouldn't be Apple if it didn't 'think different-ly' and such is the case with Mac OS X. The file structures are just consistent enough but with significant variances to throw an old Unix geek into fits of frustration, and cause the newcomer to become befuddled rather quickly. Whether mainly managing services, building structures, or seeking information about Darwin and advanced compiling techniques, Brian and Ernest have excellent advice and pointers for you to consider.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 26 2003
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I had been waiting for this book for some time and was quite disappointed. The information covered is inconsistent, painfully obvious information for Unix "geeks" (hey there's a cat command!) is mixed with useful information. I wish there had been more coverage on how Apple technologies that have been around for a long time on the Mac OS such as AppleScript could be useful to Unix people.
The upcoming OS X in a Nutshell from O'Reilly looks more useful, even for Unix geeks, then this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Suyderhoud on Oct. 30 2002
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I have been using Mac OS X since the first public beta, and have some other Unix experience. I must say, this book has taken me a long way towards applying the things I know about other Unix environments to Mac OS X. Despite my Mac OS X experience, I feel that this book has taught me a lot about the Darwin flavor of Unix. As an added bonus, the book's careful explinations have helped me to better understand the other Unix platforms I have worked with.
All and all, this was a good, if technical, book. Perfect for anybody who is interested in porting Unix software to Mac OS X, as well as the Unix admin who wants to get the most out of the new environment. However, unlike the title maintains, you don't have to be a Unix geek to get something worthwhile from the reading - though you may consider yourself one after carefully going through this book.
My only complaint is that the book leaves you wanting more information in some areas. Thankfully, it is always quick to point you to other O'Reilly titles that fill in the gaps.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Andrews on Sept. 7 2003
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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, "Here are the shells that are available..."
I found this book insulting to my Unix-geekness and not very useful for my desire to understand OS X. Very disappointing, coming from O'Reilly.
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By Monkey Monkey on Feb. 19 2003
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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.
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