Chapter 1. What Is Unix, and Why Is It Good?

Mac OS X is the most significant advance in desktop computing since the introduction of the original Mac interface.

This book is a small part of a big revolution: the introduction of the Unix operating system to regular computer users. Never before have so many people had access to a common platform that is powerful, stable, and open to being reshaped through the collaborative efforts of all who contribute. Mac OS X provides a real “Mac interface” to a real Unix operating system, so if you are using Mac OS X, you’re using Unix. Unix is an industrial-strength operating system specifically designed for always-on, network-connected computers that run multiple applications and are shared by many users. There ...

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