Mac OS X for Geeks

This is a list of pointers for newcomers to Mac OS X. It is mostly geared towards people coming from UNIX and UNIX-like environments.

Mac OS X is based on Darwin – a BSD UNIX under the hood. Darwin has a number of subtle differences from traditional UNIX environments.

Orientation and Moving Around

Differences from other platforms

Configuring your environment

Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Software Notes

Boot Options

You can hold down various keys during boot to cause certain things to happen.

Sites to Visit

Blatant Plug

I run a mailing list, OSX Hack which is sort of a general “geeks using OS X” discussion forum. Topics range from the basic to the arcane. If you found this document useful you will probably get something out of the list.