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Running Mac OS X Panther
by James Duncan Davidson.          306 pp. O’Reilly. $39.95.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Running Mac OS X Panther is the best book currently available on the inner workings of OS 10.3 Panther. If you want to become a Panther power user, look no further.

Find out what actually happens when you start up your Mac. Then learn how to schedule tasks, monitor your system, sort out files and permissions, users and groups and much more. You’ll learn how the OS 10.3 filesystem works, and how to use Terminal (it’s in your Utilities folder, and it gives you command line access to Panther’s underlying Unix operating system).

When you’re ready, you can delve into advanced topics like Open Directory, networking and network services. Before you know it, you’ll be casually tossing terms like Kerberos and bash into the conversation.

Members of the Apple Consultants Network, who know a thing or two, have chosen Running Mac OS X Panther as the preferred study guide for the new Apple Help Desk Specialist certification.

So take the plunge, and let author James Duncan Davidson help you get in touch with your inner Mac guru. Then be prepared to amaze your friends and yourself with your newfound Panther powers.
– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2004 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the March 2004 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.