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November 21, 2021,
Volume 284, Issue 3

Spoiler alert: 'Most tech authors don't write to make money. We write to share cool stuff.'

Once upon a time, way back in 2003, I had an idea. 'Hey,' I said to myself, 'I should write a Linux book. It will be for Linux users, rather than coders. It will cover the basic tasks that Linux users want to know about.'

I was so enchanted by this idea that I reviewed the notes I had collected during my Linux adventures and started writing an outline. I pitched it to O'Reilly Media, and wonder of wonders, they said yes. The writing process was long and horrible, because I had no idea how to write a book, but my editors were patient and amazing.

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