- Series: For Dummies (Computers)
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764507060
- ISBN-13: 978-0764507069
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,819,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Mac OS X for Dummies, Mac Daddy Bob LeVitus explains how to use the title operating system for everyday computing tasks. He does a great job of explaining--in terms well-suited to people who lack much computer experience--how to run applications, connect to the Internet, find information, and communicate with others. Plus, the Dummies format suits operating systems like Mac OS very well.
The real excitement of Mac OS X is that, beneath the surface, it's very similar to Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix, an extraordinarily powerful and well-loved operating system. Apple calls this Unix core by the name of Darwin, and it comes complete with a C compiler, a whole suite of GNU-based development tools, the MySQL database, the Apache Web server, and a ton of other utilities that will open the floodgates to open-source development of software for the Macintosh.
LeVitus touches on practically none of this. True, this is a Dummies book, but it tells only half the story. The book documents Mac OS X only to the extent that it looks and runs like Mac OS 9.1. It does a good job at that, but don't turn to this book if you're interested in learning why Mac OS X is so exciting. Read LeVitus's work only if you happen to have a computer that runs Mac OS X, have very little Mac experience, and aren't interested in doing anything at the administrator or programmer levels. If you meet those criteria, you'll be very happy with this book. --David Wall
Topics covered: Mac OS X for the casual and inexperienced Mac user. The author explains how to manipulate files and folders, run programs, use Sherlock, and take advantage of Internet connectivity--the latter coverage deals with iTools nicely. An appendix explains how to install Mac OS X, and how to make it coexist on one machine with Mac OS 9.1.
From the Back Cover
Get a handle on the new Dock, the revamped Finder, and more
Get up to speed with Mac OS X in no time
The fun and easy way to take Mac OS X to the max Whether you're a longtime Mac user or you just bought your first Mac, let renowned Mac expert Bob LeVitus show you how to polish your Apple. From Desktop basics to more advanced tweaks, you'll soon be zipping along on Apple's powerful new Unix-fueled operating system.
Discover how to: Navigate the OS X desktop Take advantage of new customization features Capitalize on network sharing tools Get connected to the Internet fast Save time with simple tips
The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun
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Top customer reviews
Just go the book from the library and remembered why it is a "Dummies" book. It has page after page with screen shots of things like the dock, or how to navigate the file folder structure.
If you know how to use a Mac and have looked at X for over a few weeks this might not be the book for you. I am still looking for something that would say tell me where to find the Apache config files, and this book will never do that!
Read this one at the library...you can do it in an hour. Then spend a few bucks more and get THE MISSING MANUAL.