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Book recommendations to learn Leopard & Terminal?


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Hi all,

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but whenever I learn a new OS I like to have a book on the subject to help myself learn.

I'm going to be a college freshman in the fall, and I'm purchasing an MBP on June 14 (yep, hoping for that update). This will be my first mac, so I have no experience with the OS.

I'm pretty much a pro when it comes to XP, and I think that is partly because I used some books to learn to use it effectively when I was starting out.

I'd like to learn how to use Mac OS, as well as learn the deeper intricacies of os x leopard.

I'm also eager to learn to use the terminal in leopard. Some of my friends run linux, so I have second-hand knowledge of how powerful a terminal can be, and I'd like to have that experience with my mbp.

So, can anyone recommend any books on using a mac as well as any books on learning to use the terminal?

Thanks!
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For Leopard, I'd recommend "The Missing Manual" by David Pogue. Very well written and informative.

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As Soulwar stated... "The Missing Manual" is probably the best and most informative book to get.

As far as learning Terminal commands.. THIS may be helpful to you. It's a sort of beginners guide to UNIX... it teaches ina pretty plain and simple manner by teaching commands as spells, and the entire file system as a castle (I think).
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For Leopard, I'd recommend "The Missing Manual" by David Pogue. Very well written and informative.
I have this book and it is EXCELLENT!

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I also have a good book for learning, called "Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard," Visual Quickstart Guide, bought it at an Apple Store on a rep's recommendation. Heavy reading But comprehensive.

I also have "Switching to the Mac, The Missing Manual" by David Pogue and in my opinion it's great for switchers...

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thanks for all the recommendations guys. I'll be sure to pick up Pogue's Missing Manual at the very least.

Maybe I'll pick it up tonight!

@RiDE, thanks for that link. looks pretty informative
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remember, there is a pretty decent explanation of terminal commands available at the terminal..

man <command>

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Hi... Sorry to hijack the thread... Are there any decent guides out there for iWorks 08?

Also, as a switcher, will I be overwhelmed by the one that's on Mac OS X Leopard? Or should I just get the switcher's manual?

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There's a lengthy iWork manual (program by program, ie a Pages manual, Keynote manual, and Numbers manual) available on apple's support website. I haven't seen anything 3rd party yet.

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Just bought a mac myself and was just about to do a search for which book would be best. Glad I did a search.


Would "Mac OS X leopard Bible" be a good book as well?
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