Help Net Security: Interview with Marcel Gagné

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“What was it like writing Linux System Administration – A User’s

“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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