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Mac OS X Unleashed
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Mac OS X Unleashed
by John Ray, William C. Ray, William C Ray
Paperback - 1500 pages 1st edition (November 14, 2001)
ISBN: 0672322293
Dimensions (in inches): 2.25 x 9.10 x 7.40

From the Back Cover: Mac OS X Unleashed is a complete guide and reference for Mac OS users. The power of OS X is largely in its underlying BSD implementation. For an average Mac user, experiencing a command line for the first time can be an unpleasant experience. This book will take the approach of demonstrating familiar actions and tools, and then provide the equivalent information within the BSD environment. For advanced users, this book will cover system administration ranging from advanced configuration of FTP servers, SSH tunneling, to installing secure E-mail and Web servers. The progression of the text is designed to move from simple "using" topics through advanced configuration - making it easier for beginners and experienced users to find what they're looking for.

In short, Mac OS books have never had to deal with issues beyond the Macintosh GUI. This book will bridge the gap between the user interface and the BSD subsystem in a way that is accessible to users who are unfamiliar with UNIX and other multi-user systems.

Spotlight Reviews:
Reviewer: tmay from Melbourne, Australia
It's Christmas and I've just purchased Mac OS X Unleashed. The thing weighs a ton (1,464 pages!) but is one of the best computer books I've bought. The guys who wrote it are obviously Unix heads but they are also very much in love with the Mac as well so it's got a good feel when reading it.

A long time Mac user I've just started to dig into the Unix side of things, attributes, permissions, owners, mounting volumes as directories, etc... it's actually quite interesting. If you're going to delve into Mac OS X beyond clicking around in the GUI this is the book to invest in. I'm currently formatting my "man" pages

Reviewer: Jeff Binder from Cincinnati, OH United States
This book has the same goal as OS X: A Complete Reference, but Mac OS X Unleashed succeeds. Instead of a painfully long winded explanation of the obvious, this book not only explains the GUI well, but it also provides further insight that makes this section useful to more advanced users. But the real meat of this book (about two thirds of it) goes beyond the GUI. Instead of ACR's pointless overview of Carbon and Cocoa and useless list of terminal commands, this book provides a detailed look into every nook and cranny of this great OS. If you've been waiting for book about Mac OS X from a power user's perspective, this is it. A must for any OS X user who wants to go beyond the basics.

Reviewer: Paul from Los Angeles, California USA
When I received this book from, the only thing that initially crossed my mind was, "How many trees had to be cut down to print all these pages!?" This has got to be the most complete book to date ever written covering the new Mac operating system and it's UNIX based programming. At first, I thought this book was strictly for the "power user." I was happy to see that the first 11 Chapters (about 500 pages), were focused on the beginner and advanced user. After Chapter 11, the book gets increasingly more advanced and caters to the "power user."

This book is a must have for every OS X user. It covers everything! This may be the only book in your library that wouldn't be blown away in a hurricane. If you have any questions or problems in OS X, the odds that this book would have information and a fix for it would be very high. If this book seems intimidating to beginners, you may want to read my other review on 'another' OS X book.

If you have the time (and the guts), buy this amazing book...we'll ALL be programming in UNIX in no time! Enjoy!

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