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iMac For Dummies, 7th Edition by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 3

Introducing the Apple of Your iMac

In This Chapter

arrow Introducing Mac OS X Lion

arrow Appreciating the Unix core underneath Lion

arrow Recognizing similarities between Windows and Lion

arrow Getting help while exploring Lion

In the other books that I’ve written about Mac OS X Lion, I use all sorts of somewhat understated phrases to describe my operating system of choice, such as elegantly reliable, purely powerful, and supremely user friendly.

But why is Lion such a standout? To be specific, why do creative professionals and computer techno-wizards across the globe hunger for the very same Mac OS X that runs your iMac? Why is Lion so far ahead of Windows 7 in features and performance? Good questions, all!

In this chapter, I answer those queries and satisfy your curiosity about your new big cat. I introduce the main elements of the Lion Desktop, and I show you the fearless Unix heart that beats underneath Lion’s sleek exterior. I also point out the most important similarities between Lion and Windows 7, and I outline the resources available if you need help with Mac OS X.

Oh, and I promise to ...

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