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Summary

This chapter provided an introduction to using Unix on Mac OS X systems, including an introduction to some of the history and philosophy behind Unix, Mac OS X, and Unix applications. The adoption of Unix as the underpinnings of Mac OS X gives Mac OS X a powerful, modern foundation that helps resolve problems such as the lack of true multitasking and the lack of true protected memory that plagued all previous versions of the Mac OS. The combination of Unix and the graphical sophistication and application base that have always exemplified the Mac OS make Mac OS X a good contender for the one true operating system of the future.

No operating system or book is perfect or totally self-contained. Improvements and enhancements are always being made, and additional sources of information can contribute to your understanding of any computer-related topic, especially a cutting edge project such as Mac OS X. The appendices to this book provide some guidance about how to identify and resolve problems that you may encounter, and also suggest some Web sites where you can get additional, up-to-date information about Mac OS X.


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