In This Chapter
Introducing OS X Mavericks
Appreciating the UNIX core underlying Mavericks
Recognizing similarities between Windows and Mavericks
Getting help while learning about Mavericks
In the other books I’ve written about OS X, I use all sorts of somewhat understated phrases to describe my operating system of choice, such as elegantly reliable, purely powerful, and supremely user-friendly.
But why is Mavericks such a standout? More specifically, why do creative professionals and computer techno-wizards across the globe hunger for the very same OS X that runs your MacBook? Why is Mavericks so far ahead of Windows 7 and 8 in features and performance? Good questions, all!
In this chapter, I answer those queries and satisfy your curiosity about your new playground. I introduce the main elements of the Mavericks Desktop, and I show you the fearless UNIX heart that beats beneath the sleek Mavericks exterior. I also point out the most important similarities between Mavericks and Windows, and I outline the resources available if you ...