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Sep 25, 2002, 11:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"What was it like writing Linux System Administration - A User's Guide?

"Aside from it having been an amazing amount of work (insert appropriate smiley here), it was fantastic! When I started writing the book, I had been writing articles in the field for some time. Nevertheless, it was a real kick to move from a short, magazine format to a book. Anytime I've covered something in an article, I tried to explain things in a way that I wished someone had explained it to me. Writing 'Linux System Administration: A User's Guide' gave me the opportunity to create the book I would have wanted to have and to present information in a way that respected the reader's intelligence. I'm not a 'RTFM' guy. Forcing people to learn by intimidation is not my way. System administration is no more magic than anything else--I've always believed that people want to learn this stuff and that the person who has been put in charge of the system isn't stupid. Consequently, I'm always inviting people to try things out for themselves. With the book, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to reach people in a new and exciting way.

"Linux is exciting because it has opened up so many possibilities in such a short period of time. These days, I'm hard at work writing my second book and I look forward to sharing that excitement with a whole new audience..."

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