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Introduction

As with any operating system, new changes and improvements are welcomed with somewhat skeptical arms. As news about Jaguar, the latest version of Mac OS X (10.2), started to leak out of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple's groundbreaking OS took on a fervor of epic proportions. The Mac suddenly became the machine to have for users and developers alike.

This new edition of the Mac OS X Pocket Guide is intended to be a quick reference to Mac OS X Jaguar, and has something for everyone:

  • If you're an experienced Mac user, this book may be the only one you'll need. For Mac users coming to Mac OS X from an earlier version of the Mac OS, some of the material in this book can serve as a refresher, reminding you how to do certain things you've always been able to do on the Mac. In addition, you'll learn more about the Unix side of Mac OS X and how to use its command-line interface, the Terminal application.

  • If you're a Unix, Linux, or FreeBSD user who is switching to the Mac, you'll get a quick summary of how to use Mac OS X's interface and how to use its Terminal application for issuing Unix commands. If you're looking for something more hardcore, I recommend that you pick up a copy of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks, which covers such things as Directory Services, use of Mac OS X's GCC compiler, installing packages with Fink, and running X Windows on top of Mac OS X.

  • If you're a Windows user, you'll get a quick tour of the operating system, along with a guide to help you relate some Windows-specific terms to your Mac. While the Terminal and Unix commands will be all new to you, they're not too far off from the DOS prompt commands you've used in the past.

With over 250 tips and tricks, this Pocket Guide is a handy reference for configuring and working with your Mac OS X system.

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