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Chapter 9. Network Setup

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Unix, as a rule, is happiest when it gets to run as an always-on, always-network-connected operating system. Unix machines tend to run continuously (talking to other machines via the network) for months or years at a time, and the underpinnings of the networking system are designed for this mode of operation. Surprisingly, Apple has managed to pin a reasonable facsimile of the Mac OS as-needed picture of networking at the user level, onto the Unix networking framework. You already learned how to set up basic networking functions during the install process. In later chapters, you'll learn how this was accomplished at the Unix level, and how to perform even more sophisticated network tricks at the command line. Here, we'll cover some of the networking technologies available, the GUI network controls, and, as a bit of network troubleshooting, we'll use the Network Utility tool.


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