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Part I: Lay of the Land > Using Mac OS X

Chapter 1. Using Mac OS X

There are actually two interface layers to Mac OS X. One is Aqua, the system's native graphical user interface (GUI); the other is a command-line interface (CLI), which is most commonly accessed via the Terminal application (/Applications/Utilities). This chapter provides a quick overview of Mac OS X's Aqua environment; later chapters in the book will introduce you to the Terminal and the BSD Unix side, with a full examination of these deeper OS layers in Part V.

Mac OS X offers a feature-rich graphical user environment that makes it easy for people to interact with the operating system. This chapter starts out with a discussion of Mac OS X's Desktop, and introduces things like the menu bar, the Dock, and basic window controls. Chapter 2 covers the Finder, Mac OS X's file manager.


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