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Paperback - 360 pages (April 25, 2001) Hungry Minds, Inc; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 9.20 x 7.39

Mac OS X: The Doctor is in!

by Bob LeVitus

Dr. Mac is back, and this time he explains how to use Apple's exciting new operating system for everyday computing tasks. As always, the doctor does a great job of explaining --in terms well-suited to people who lack much computer experience--how to run applications, connect to the Internet, find information, and communicate with others. Plus, the Dummies format suits operating systems like Mac OS very well.
__ The real excitement of Mac OS X is that, beneath the surface, it's very similar to Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix, an extraordinarily powerful and well-loved operating system. Apple calls this Unix core by the name of Darwin, and it comes complete with a C compiler, a whole suite of GNU-based development tools, the MySQL database, the Apache Web server, and a ton of other utilities that will open the floodgates to open-source development of software for the Macintosh.
__ LeVitus touches on practically none of this. True, this is a Dummies book, but it tells only half the story. The book documents Mac OS X only to the extent that it looks and runs like Mac OS 9.1. It does a good job at that, but don't turn to this book if you're interested in learning why Mac OS X is so exciting. Read LeVitus's work only if you happen to have a computer that runs Mac OS X, have very little Mac experience, and aren't interested in doing anything at the administrator or programmer levels. If you meet those criteria, you'll be very happy with this book.
* Thanks to David Wall for this review.

* From the Macintosh Department. Keywords for this item are: Mac, ibook, iPod, PowerBook, OS X, Macintosh, iMac, Apple Computer, AppleWorks, Final Cut Pro -- You can find many other titles from this department here!

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