Running Mac OS X Panther by James Duncan Davidson

By James Duncan Davidson

Calling Mac OS X "the first actual working method for the twenty first century," a Portland, OR-based freelance software program developer who contributes to Mac OS X Hacks, lines the improvement of Apple Computer's most modern competitor to Microsoft home windows and introduces Panther's uncomplicated and complex beneficial properties. Appendices contain set up info and assets (including "rumor" sites with consumer comments).

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The rest of these files are, well, files that you really don't need to see. They are hidden from the command-line view which indicates that you should only mess with them if you really need to and you know what you are doing. 2 Opening hidden directories in the Finder Even though the Finder hides these directories from you, there is an easy way to get to them. Simply use the Go To Folder command (Go Go to Folder or Shift- -G) and enter the path to the folder you want to see. An example of this is shown in Figure 2-2.

This book takes readers deep inside Mac OS etc X's core, revealing the inner workings of Panther for those who want to get the most out of their system. You may not be a Mac guru when you start this book, but once you've read it, you'll be This directory contains configuration files used by the various Unix components of the well on your way. system. sym, and mach_kernel These files make up the kernel, the core part of the operating system that manages everything else. private This is the directory that actually contains the etc,var, and tmp directories.

Running Mac OS X Panther is the ultimate Swiss Army Knife(TM); for power users who want to customize, tweak, and generally rev up their Mac. This book takes readers deep inside Mac OS X's core, Quartz 2Drevealing the inner workings of Panther for those who want to get the most out of their system. You may not be a Mac guru when you start this book, but once you've read it, you'll be The powerful well on your way. imaging layer of Mac OS X, Quartz 2D handles all the drawing on the system and delivers a rich imaging model based on PDF (replacing the Display PostScript used by NEXTSTEP), on-the-fly rendering, and antialiasing—all managed by ColorSync to ensure graphics look their best.

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