Learning Unix for Mac OS X
is targeted towards Mac users who have migrated to Mac OS X, have no Unix experience, and want to understand why Unix geeks rave about the command line. The book focuses on the terminal application to access the command line and "introduces the basic system commands". For example, there is a whole chapter on how to navigate and create files.
Well written and easy to follow, the chapters are well structured with clear sub-categories containing useful examples, highlights, exercises and problems you may face. Users new to Unix should read the preface since it explains how Mac OS X is related within the Unix family and explains some Unix concepts such as multiuser and multiprocessing.
Learning Unix for Mac OS X is a great book for those with little or no Unix experience. The book does not go into serious detail regarding the various Unix commands--only a few arguments of each command are discussed. This is not necessarily a bad thing since it keeps the book short and easy to read, however more advanced readers may be disappointed if they are expecting a book that turns them into Unix geeks. Those users are recommend to see other Unix books from O'Reilly such as UNIX Power Tools, UNIX in a Nutshell and Using Csh and Tcsh. --Parvesh Chhibber
"....Its a good resource for the advanced beginner who wants to play under the hood." -- Netsurfer Digest, May 23, 2002
"....Taylor and Peak give a gentle introduction to the world of the Unix command line within OS X. " -- Peter Cramer, Macintosh Users of Delaware, June 2002
"...This book is everything (and more) that I had to learn by trial and error and complex man pages...." -- Jonathan Gales, macmerc.com, May 30, 2002
"I urge you to get a copy of the bookthe asking price is well worth the peace of mind it brings." -- George Carrington, ACT Apple Users Group, Australia, August 2002
I know this book will stay close to my G4 and get well worn over the years. -- Jack Dolby, Club Mac of Hampton, August 2002
In fact, this is an excellent (and very good value) introduction to Unix in all its flavour. -- IT Training, September 2002
It has all the essentials in one fairly slim volume that is tailored specifically for OS X. It offers a clear and concise introduction. -- Ric Getter, MacDirectory
My only regret is that this wasn't available a year ago. I would have paid TWICE the price just to save the time/frustration that I spent learning what I had. -- Jon Gale, MacMerc.com, July 2002