In this fourth edition, the authors have not only updated it for Mac OS X 10.5, but have tweaked the book to make it even greater than before. Co-author and O'Reilly editor Brian Jepson says, "Rich Rosen joined us as a co-author on this edition, and really fleshed out some of the later chapters of the book. For example, he added a section on Ruby to Chapter 17, 'Other Programming Languages,' and really worked over Chapter 15, 'Using Mac OS X as a Server.' Because of this, Ernie and I got to focus on some other areas of the book and we all feel that this edition is what this book's always wanted to be. I think the same could be said of Mac OS X Leopard--it's really grown into its skin, I mean, fur!"
You'll learn how to perform common Unix tasks in Mac OS X, such as using Directory Services instead of the standard Unix /etc/passwd and /etc/group, and you'll be able to compile code, link to libraries, and port Unix software using either Leopard and Tiger.
This book teaches you to:
Mac OS X for Unix Geeks is the ideal survival guide to tame the Unix side of Leopard and Tiger. If you're a Unix geek with an interest in Mac OS X, you'll soon find that this book is invaluable.
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Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks and Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications. Brian sees to it that technology, especially free software, supports that mission. You can follow Brian's blog here.
Ernest E. Rothman is a Professor of Mathematics at Salve Regina University (SRU) in Newport, Rhode Island and coauthor of Mac OS X Tiger For Unix Geeks.
Rich Rosen has been actively working with Macs for over twenty years, currently using a Mac Mini as his home server, an iMac as the centerpiece of his home recording studio, and a MacBook for live musical performance and writing. Rich has collaborated on Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols & Practices and is a co-author of the fourth edition of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks.
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