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Mac® OS X Security by Brian Wotring, Preston Norvell, Bruce Potter

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Chapter 4. What Is This UNIX Thing?

 

“UNIX is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.”

 
 --Dennis Ritchie

Behind the advanced Aqua interface, and the glitter of the Quartz windowing system, Mac OS X is a modern UNIX operating system. By now you have probably heard this a million times. This chapter focuses on the most critical aspects of UNIX security and, specifically, those aspects particular to Mac OS X. Those with a UNIX background will benefit most from the exposed peculiarities of this system. Those who come from more of a Mac OS background will benefit most from learning about the awesome difference in power and, in turn, the incredible responsibilities that go along with this new version of Mac OS.

First, we will cover ...

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