[rescue] OT: "Top Ten" Mac OS X resources?

N.Miller vraptor at promessage.com
Wed Jul 16 16:36:29 CDT 2003

On Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at 01:36 PM, David L Kindred (Dave) wrote:

> Off-topic, but maybe less than some of today's traffic...
> Can any of you Mac OS X users recommend some good Resources?  Like
> mailing lists, web sites, books?
> One of our developers is using one of these, and I'm stuck trying to
> help him without benefit of my own machine or much time.  The biggest
> issues are trying to make it behave as much as possible like a "normal"
> Unix box on our network, even going so far as to joining an NIS domain
> and mounting NFS volumes and so on.

I recommend the Mac Manager's list as a good source of info
<www.mac-mgrs.org>.  Mind you, most of these folks are not
UNIX geeks, but a lot of them have been working with Macs for
a long time, and they know the ins and outs of bugs, etc.

Other places:

<http://www.apple.com/>  The knowledge base articles are invaluable
<http://www.ilenesmachine.com/macos/osxrelease.shtml>  This has a nice
   summary section indicating which Apple knowledge base articles have
   been updated/added.
<http://www.macosxhints.com/>  Lots of good info, and the links page
   here is quite extensive as well)
<http://www.macfixit.com/>  (was a lot more useful, now you have to
   subscribe for pay to get the really good stuff)
<http://www.everythingmac.com/> (meta--a lot of refs to other places)

O'Reilly has quite a lot of OS X info on their web site, though
some of it is OS X *server* specific (must make a clear distinction
on that).

There is quite a lot of weirdness with OS X and the "normal" way
of doing things.  I have stuck with fink for UNIX-side software
installation, though I am using the stock install for samba.  I
haven't done anything with NIS or NFS, as I'm only using OS X on
my home network at the moment.

Aside from fink, two other pieces of software I think are most
useful for OS X are:

Carbon Copy Cloner <http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html>
psync <http://www.dan.co.jp/cases/macosx/psync.html>
   and the related PsyncX (gui frontend)

There's a lot of other tools out there for OS X, feel free to
ping me if you are looking for something specific.


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