Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
A Desktop Quick Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 2004
Pages: 1056

An instant success among newcomers, longtime Apple® fans and serious Unix® users alike, the Mac OS® X operating system combines stability, simplicity and elegance, and a stunning user interface. What more could Mac users want or need? The answer, of course, is Mac OS X Panther--a sleek and powerful overhaul of Mac OS X that promises to revitalize your Mac with improved views of the system, significant improvements to favorite applications, and numerous added conveniences. As with its predecessor, Jaguar, Mac OS X Panther offers plenty of new territory to explore. To show the way, O'Reilly's latest Nutshell book, Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition offers all audiences--both longtime Mac users and hardcore Unix users--the most complete guide to this remarkable operating system.

The latest edition of this all-purpose reference leads power users through the newly changed landscape of Mac OS X. Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition provides details about the user-interface elements, system and network administration, and scripting and development. If you want to probe more deeply into the BSD Unix side of Mac OS X, there's a section that delves "under the hood." The book also includes the most complete Unix command reference found in print--with each command and option painstakingly tested and checked against Panther. Even the manpages that ship with the system can't compete in accuracy!

Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition offers a thorough treatment of Mac OS X Panther, from its BSD Unix foundation to the finer points of its user interface. It familiarizes readers with the Finder™ and the Dock, file management, system configuration, network administration issues, and more, including a clear picture of what's new

Other topics covered in the book include:

  • Filesystem overview
  • Running Java® applications
  • System and Network Administration
  • Directory Services and NetInfo
  • Scripting on Mac OS X Panther
  • Using CVS
  • Unix Command Reference
  • An overview of the Apple® X11 distribution
Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition is the indispensable guide for anyone who wants to know Mac OS X Panther inside and out.
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Comments about oreilly Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition:

This one is bigger than the last one (Mac OS X - In a Nutshell) and, like it's predecessor, is very informative. They don't get to involved in the normal user apps (iPhoto, iTunes, etc.), that's what the "Missing Manual" is for. They stick to topics that help someone to maintain a Mac and administer it on a network. Making it a definite must have for the Mac/Unix administrator.

The "Unix Command Reference" chapter is worth the price of the book all by itself. Very "beefy" and educational. Having the other chapters included though, makes it a tome worthy of having on your shelf next to your "Programming Perl" and "Linux System Administration Handbook" books.

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