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"Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, Second Edition": Getting Dirty Under the Hood of Mac OS X Panther

July 13, 2004

Sebastopol, CA--The new Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, Second Edition (O'Reilly, US $39.95) is a thorough overview of the sleek and powerful Mac OS X Panther operating system (Version 10.3)--from its Aqua interface right down to its BSD Unix core--and an all-purpose, dive-in-any-time reference guide for longtime Mac users and hardcore Unix users alike.

Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone, and Jason McIntosh encourage power users and system administrators to roll up their sleeves and get dirty as the authors show them "what happens under Mac OS X's hood (and how you might tinker with it)." They give readers everything they need to know about this remarkable operating system, including practical tools and advice they can put to use every day--things like configuring an ideal system, managing files, scripting, running Java applications, and Apple X11 distribution. The book includes the most complete Unix command reference found in print; each command and option has been painstakingly tested and checked against Panther. Even the manpages that ship with the system can't compete in accuracy with the thorough and systematic documentation found here.

Fully revised for Mac OS X Panther, the comprehensive Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, Second Edition delivers:

  • Detailed advice on how to configure your Mac OS X system, with extensive coverage of the System Preferences and use of the Finder and Dock
  • Hundreds of tips, tricks, and clever ways to do familiar and not-so-familiar tasks
  • Ways to keep your Mac secure, including coverage of Panther's FileVault system for encrypting your Home folder
  • An overview of basic system and network administration features, including coverage of NetInfo and Directory Services
  • An introduction to using Mac OS X's Unix command-line interface, the Terminal application
  • An overview of Mac OS X's Unix test editors, including vi and Emacs
  • An overview of the concurrent version system (CVS)
  • Information on shell syntax and variables for the bash and tcsh shells
  • The indispensable Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, Second Edition belongs on the desktop of any serious user who wants to know Mac OS X Panther inside and out.

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    Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, Second Edition
    Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone, Jason McIntosh
    ISBN: 0-596-00606-3, 1054 pages, $39.95 US, $57.95 CA
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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