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  Mac Mini Eye for the Linux-Windows Guy
Subject:   A couple notes
Date:   2005-04-21 01:59:36
From:   toddogas
Response to: A couple notes

Thanks for the tips, kollivier. A Mac-newbie like me appreciates all the info you and others have been providing here! Yes, I wasn't clear about the administrative rights. I notice that I am prompted for my password before performing a number of administrative functions. Good stuff...todd
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  • A couple notes
    2005-04-22 12:13:54  michael98 [View]

    Yes. Admin on OS X *is* Admin - *not* Root, like it is on a Windows box. To do anything serious you have to escalate privileges - either within the GUI (by submitting your password) or at the CLI by using sudo. Much safer than Windows.

    This is good on the mini:

    http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/miniguide.ars

    Some of the follow-up discussion is good, too.

    But don't be misled by the follow-up posts that recommend all sorts of (mostly badly-written) utilities to run the system functions. Do it from the command line:

    sudo periodic daily
    sudo periodic weekly
    sudo periodic monthly

    ... all it takes. Or pick up Clix - which, unlike the specialist (and frequently AppleScript) utilities people tend to recommend - is a Cocoa interface for Terminal and, as such, infinitely customisable and extensible:

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/unix_open_source/clix.html