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Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Panther All in One by John Ray, Robyn Ness

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Chapter 38. Using Basic Unix Commands

In the past several years, an operating system known as Linux has sprung from obscurity to the front page of every IT publication in the world. Unix-based operating systems are powerful and stable, but many average computer users have been intimidated by their complexity. Also, traditionally, people had to access Unix systems from the command line, by typing text commands in a text-only window. As you found out way back in Chapter 1, “Introducing Mac OS X,” Apple has harnessed that power and stability while maintaining the ease of a traditional Macintosh by designing Mac OS X with a Unix subsystem.

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By creating Mac OS X, Apple has become the largest producer of Unix-based operating systems on the planet! ...

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