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Summary

As you’ve seen in this chapter, Mac OS X deserves an award for the “Best Connected” operating system around. Previous versions of the Mac OS required a variety of third-party utilities to even approach the level of networked file sharing that is available out of the box on every Mac OS X system. Mac OS X is a well-connected, network-aware, multiuser computer system.

As a multiuser computer system that supports multiple user accounts and multiple users performing tasks on the system at the same time, Mac OS X requires a greater degree of system administration than previous Mac OS systems. The down side of a more powerful computing system is that it requires a higher degree of sophistication. It’s harder to drive a Ferrari than it is to drive a Volkswagen, but you can have a lot more fun in a Ferrari. Throughout this chapter, I’ve referred to situations in which you need administrative privileges. These privileges let you perform tasks that only users who are truly in the know should be able to do. The next chapter discusses NetInfo, the network-aware, system administration environment that gives you complete control over every aspect of your Mac OS X system.


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