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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
This is an exceptionally useful book that does just what it says: it teaches Apple Macintosh OS X users how to use the Terminal application (which comes as part of the new operating system), and then how to use the version of UNIX that comes with it. It provides one of the best, most readable introductions to UNIX that I've come across, so if you want to learn UNIX from...
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2.0 out of 5 stars What's This Book For?
I bought this book on a bit of a whim, but after reading most of it came to the conclusion that it didn't help at all. To use UNIX on OS X you need to know 2 things: UNIX and OS X. This books does not teach either to any real depth. There are some great UNIX books out there, and some excellent Mac OS X books too. This book (as cheap as it may be) is caught between a...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 5 July 2002
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This is an exceptionally useful book that does just what it says: it teaches Apple Macintosh OS X users how to use the Terminal application (which comes as part of the new operating system), and then how to use the version of UNIX that comes with it. It provides one of the best, most readable introductions to UNIX that I've come across, so if you want to learn UNIX from scratch, you might find this book useful even if you don't use a Mac. My only complaints are (a) I'd like the book to be longer - this is a measure of how good it is; (b) I'd have liked more on what you could do with UNIX on your Mac. But still, it's an excellent introduction. I read it like a novel, but now refer to it frequently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was useful, 14 April 2014
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As a Unix noob, it taught me enough to be reasonably comfortable with OS X terminal. As a consummate fiddler, it was great.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's This Book For?, 30 Dec 2002
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I bought this book on a bit of a whim, but after reading most of it came to the conclusion that it didn't help at all. To use UNIX on OS X you need to know 2 things: UNIX and OS X. This books does not teach either to any real depth. There are some great UNIX books out there, and some excellent Mac OS X books too. This book (as cheap as it may be) is caught between a rock and a hard place. Don't bother.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like many O'Reilly Titles...Ropey, 4 Oct 2003
Unfortunately this book is one of the many O'Reilly titles that trail in the wake of a few that excel themselves.
Whilst well written I can't seem to appreciate the point of this book. It claims to be an introduction to the UNIX command line for users who are new to the operating system. However, having worked through it I wouldn't say I really see the point of the command line.
The pages in this book, in my opinion, really belong at the beginning of a more detailed manual to the Terminal application. On their own they can't really justify themselves as a half decent book. Users are better off learning the basics off some of the very decent articles I found published on the web.
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