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About the Lead Authors - Pg. xx

xx About the Lead Authors Bill Ball is the author of five best-selling books about Linux: Sams Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours, Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed, How to Use Linux, Linux Unleashed, Fourth Edition, and Que's Using Linux. He is a technical writer, editor, and magazine journalist and has been working with computers for the past 20 years. He first started working with Linux, beginning with kernel version . 99, after moving from BSD4.3 Machten for the Apple Macintosh. He has published articles in mag- azines such as Computer Shopper and MacTech Magazine and first started editing books for Que in 1986. An avid fly fisherman, he builds bamboo fly rods and fishes on the nearby Potomac River when he's not driving his vintage MG sports car. Bill is a member of the Northern Virginia Linux Users Group (NOVALUG), and lives in the Shirlington area of Arlington County, Virginia. David Pitts has been a part of the writing of more than a half dozen books covering Linux, UNIX, and CGI programming in Perl. He is an author, consultant, systems administrator, programmer, instructor, Web developer and Christian. David can be reached at <>. His Web page,, contains more information about him. Currently, David lives in Sacra- mento, California, with his wife, Dana, her beautiful teen-aged cousin, Ashley, and their invisible cat, Spot. David's favorite quote comes from Saint Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel, and, if necessary, use words."