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Mac OS X Unleashed Paperback – November 14, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0672322297 ISBN-10: 0672322293 Edition: 1st

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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.

About the Author

John Ray is an award-winning developer and security consultant with more than 16 years of programming and administration experience. He has worked on projects for the FCC, the National Regulatory Research Institute, The Ohio State University, Xerox, and the State of Florida, as well as serving as IT Director for Blue Cosmos Design, Inc. John has written or contributed to more than 10 titles currently in print, including Special Edition Using TCP/IP, Sams Teach Yourself Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 in 21 Days, and Maximum Linux Security. He bought his first Macintosh in 1984, and remains a strong proponent for the computer and operating system that revolutionized the industry. Dr. Will Ray is a mathematician turned computer scientist turned biophysicist who has gravitated to the field of bioinformatics for its interesting synergy of logic, hard science, and human-computer-interface issues. A long-time Macintosh and Unix enthusiast, Will has owned Macs since 1985, and has worked with Unix since 1987. Prior to switching his professional focus to the biological sciences, Will spent 5 years as a Unix programmer developing experimental interfaces to online database systems. Shortly after migrating to biophysics, Will developed a Macintosh- and Unix-based computational biology/graphics laboratory and training center for The Ohio State University's College of Biological Sciences. At the facility, which he managed for five years, Will introduced hundreds of students and faculty to Unix, and provided training and assistance in the development of productive computing skills on the paired Macintosh and Unix platforms. Will is currently a researcher at the Wexner Research Institute of Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he is developing Web-based database tools and working to build a core computational research and training facility.
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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 1500 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1st edition (November 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672322293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672322297
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,717,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Michael Weingartner on February 14, 2002
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I had the luxury of buying several books on OS X recently in an effort to find the right content to get me up to speed on the new OS. The two that turned out to be the most informative were Mac OS X, The Missing Manual and Mac OS X Unleashed. I place them in that order to represent their levels of complexity and coverage.
The Missing Manual is a great read on the OS and the new applications. It also includes a section at the end that covers the tcsh shell. But it is definitely directed at the general user.
The first ~400 pages of Mac OS X Unleashed covers the basics and then rapidly heads off into the details of the underlying Unix operating system at the heart of OS X. If you are determined to get to the details of what makes your new OS tick then this book should be on your list. From common shell commands to process management, shell scripting, and even porting Unix code. It's all here and well written.
One book I strongly recommend taking off your list is Mac OS X the Complete reference. the writing style is not up to these two volumes and the content is too light.
I come from the perspective of someone who wrote software for the Mac many years ago and had to leave the platform for career direction reasons. Mac OS X represents an opportunity for me to get back to a platform that combines what was good about the Mac with what is good about a modern operating system. From that perspective, I recommend this book highly.
If I had to choose just one, it would be Mac OS X Unleashed. But that is due to my background. Power users that are non programmers would likely be very happy with Pogue's book "The Missing Manual".
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By tmay on December 23, 2001
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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 <rolling my eyes and laughing>
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
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If this book only had a better index, I would give it 5 stars in a heartbeat. It pretty much contains everything you ever wanted to know about Mac OS X's Unix subsystem (with 1,500 pages probably more than you ever wanted to know!), but finding the information is sometimes a struggle. Remember, this book is seriously techie, don't go here if you're the occasional Mac user that wants to learn the Aqua interface -- get "Mac OS X The Missing Manual" for that. This is for people that want to get their hands dirty with Unix.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DaveC on June 22, 2002
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After buying a G4 Ti Powerbook, I found myself in a somewhat precarious situation. While I absolutely loved my beautiful laptop, it's rock solid and beautiful OS. I found that I needed some REAL documentation beyond the mere pamphlets that Apple included with it.
I've leafed through 10-15 other OS X titles and honestly, they just don't seem to be worth the [price]. They all seem to be rehashes of the same introductory OS X texts that have been done to death.
As an experienced Unix and PC user now newly migrated to the Mac/OS X ... I needed something way beyond the usual "Move the cursor to the File menu to..." introductory type stuff.
Mac OS X unleashed first gives a brief but very thorough intro to the OS X and Mac OS features and interfaces but then proceeds to go far beyond where the other books stop. Wanna know about UNIX commands and shell programming? Yup it's in here. Wanna know about how to configure your firewall, computer security issues and TCP/IP in general? Yup that's here too. Hooking up to a PC/Wintel/Unix network? There is great coverage here on how to get it working.
I can't think of any major and minor subject that this book doesn't touch on in more than sufficient detail. And the authors are kind enough to give you all sorts of web references/URL's to additional reading and software you can obtain on the Internet to really make your Mac/OS X fly.
If you're a seasoned computer user (Mac, PC, Linux, whatever) and you're moving up in the world to a Mac/OS X, this is the ONE book you need for your library. My only complaint is that it is about as bulky as your average phone book, then again, it does cover a remarkable amount of ground. If they had split it into 2-3 volumes bundled together, then it would've been the perfect OS X reference.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By mschindler on December 30, 2001
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My new favorite book has 1,464 pages and I intend to read every bit of it... eventually. Its called Mac OS X Unleashed by John Ray and Will C. Ray. Never has there been a book this robust for the Mac. Hell, never has there been an Operating System this robust for the Mac either. That's how over a thousand pages of text can only be considered an introduction.
Simply put, the Mac is back. I am a web developer and a general Mac enthusiast and I work in a mostly corporate environment. I know all too well the sentiment of disregard the PC hegemony feels towards the Mac platform. Most think of Apple as a company that's constantly on the verge of distinction, an uttering almost as clichè as the evil empire status begotten Microsoft. But fortunately, years after the personal computer has entered into millions upon millions of homes, only the latter happens to be true. And this time, the Rebel Alliance might stand a fighting chance against the Emperor, er, I mean... Bill Gates.
The reason for this lies in the robust nature of
Mac OS X itself, the UNIX-based overhaul of what is arguably the easiest, most gorgeous, and, yes, most advanced computer environment ever conceived. The brothers Ray (no, I'm not sure that they're related) cover the basic groundwork of Mac OS X with great diligence, and spend appropriate time on the more advanced details as well. They touch on the basics, like working with the Dock, and move into the dark cavernous reaches of the sophisticated UNIX underpinning with a keen awareness, wisely sensing that this is new ground for most Mac users, even for self-proclaimed aficionados like me.
This book contains answers to nearly every question one might have about the new OS.
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