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  Mac Mini Eye for the Linux-Windows Guy
Subject:   A couple notes
Date:   2005-04-22 12:13:54
From:   michael98
Response to: A couple notes

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