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Press Release: November 29, 2005

Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell: The Most Comprehensive Tiger Reference on the Market

Sebastopol, CA--The Mac isn't just for "fluffy-bunny designers" anymore, says seasoned programmer Andy Lester--it's now "the must-have hardware and operating system of geeks and designers everywhere." And for everything users need to know about the Unix side of Mac OS X, there's the all-new, dependable, and must-have Tiger guide, Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell (Lester, Stone, Toporek, and McIntosh, O'Reilly, US $39.95).

"Mac OS X initially may seem a little alien to long-time Mac users; it is, quite literally, an entirely different operating system from Mac OS 9 and earlier versions," says Lester. But there's a reason the Mac is now winning more converts than ever--not just from Windows, but from other Unix systems such as Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD: "Mac OS X brings all the great things from earlier versions of the Mac OS and melds them with a BSD core, bringing Unix to the masses. Apple has created a rock-solid operating system to compete both on the user and enterprise level."

For Unix users and Unix programmers everywhere, as well as anyone, who might offer direct support to users and programmers, Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell is the perfect overview of Mac OS X Tiger and the ideal resource for all the nitty-gritty hints and how-tos for using Tiger more efficiently and smartly.

The most popular and most complete desktop reference book on Mac OS X now systematically documents Tiger (Version 10.4), focusing on the BSD Unix layer. It familiarizes readers with more than 300 of Tiger's Unix commands, the Terminal application, file management, system and network administration issues, and more.

This indispensable book delivers:

  • The most complete and thorough coverage of Mac OS X's Unix commands anywhere (even in the system)
  • An overview of basic system and network administration features, including coverage of NetInfo and Directory Services
  • An introduction to using Mac OS X's Unix command-line interface, the Terminal application
  • An overview of Mac OS X's Unix text editors, including vi and Emacs
  • Information on shell syntax variables for Tiger's default Unix shell, bash
  • Each command and option in this book's Unix Command References section has been painstakingly tested and checked against Tiger; even the manpages that ship with Mac OS X can't compete in accuracy! Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell is the most comprehensive quick reference on the market and is a must for any serious Mac user.

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    Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell
    Andy Lester, Chris Stone, Chuck Toporek, and Jason McIntosh
    ISBN: 0-596-009437, 528 pages, $39.95 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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