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Part: IV Introduction to BSD on Tiger > Accessing the BSD Subsystem

Chapter 9. Accessing the BSD Subsystem

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In this chapter, we reach the topic of the underlying BSD Unix subsystem, something that some Mac enthusiasts eagerly awaited for years, while others dreaded since they heard about the underpinnings of Mac OS X. As OS 9 fades into history, a good number of you have been living happily with BSD for four years now, whether you've known that it's there or not. If you're a little uncomfortable with the idea of conversing directly with the underpinnings of the operating system, this is an important point to remember: It's there if you need it, but Apple's done such a good job of putting an elegant GUI on top of it, that you don't have to know about it if you don't want to. The material in the following chapters is for users who want to know more about how to completely customize their machines, enable features that aren't available through the graphical user interface, or get under the hood and just plain tinker. We've enough experience with helping formerly-GUI-only users learn to use the command line that we're confident that almost anyone can enhance their computing experience by learning a bit about the BSD subsystem and how to work directly with it.


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