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About the Contributors
Michael Jang (RHCE, LPIC-1, LCP, Linux+, MCP) is currently a full-time writer, specializing in operating systems and networks. His experience with computers goes back to the days of jumbled punch cards. He has written other books on Linux certification, including Linux+ Exam Cram and Sair GNU/Linux Installation and Configuration Exam Cram. His other Linux books include Linux Annoyances for Geeks, Linux Patch Management, and Mastering Fedora Core Linux 5. He has also written or contributed to books on Microsoft operating systems, including MCSE Guide to Microsoft Windows 98 and Mastering Windows XP Professional, Second Edition.
Elizabeth Zinkann is a logical Linux catalyst, a freelance technical editor, and an independent computer consultant. She was a contributing editor and review columnist for Sys Admin Magazine for ten years. As an editor, some of her projects have included Mastering Fedora Core Linux 5, Ending Spam, Linux Patch Management, and Write Portable Code. In a former life, she also programmed communications features, including ISDN at AT&T Network Systems.
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Nancy E. Cropley, R.N. (d. 2002) It's now been over five years since you've left this world, but I continue to hold your spirit in my heart, and I hope you can still see the joy of the world through my eyes. You are my hero, even today. I hope you can see how happy I am with Donna, but I wish I could still be with you. I will always miss you.
As a political activist, you fought for what you believed in: social justice, peace, and universal healthcare. You were never afraid to go to jail to support your beliefs. Your example is helping me find a backbone for life.
As a nurse for the homeless, you helped so many who are less fortunate. You worked tirelessly in the clinics, in the shelters, and on the streets. Your efforts eased the pain of so many people. And you saved lives.
As an Internet entrepreneur, you showed me how to be happy pursuing a life working from home. You made it possible for me to have the freedom to be, instead of getting stuck in the corporate world.
Nancy, you were my partner, my lover, my soul mate. You helped me find joy in this world. I take your lessons with me. I thank you for the best seven years of my life.
All the incredibly hard-working folks at McGraw-Hill: Tim Green, Jennifer Housh, LeeAnn Pickrell, Lisa Theobald, Paul Tyler, and Rebecca Plunket for their help in launching a great series and being solid team players.