The book I was working on for most of 2006 is now finally showing up in bookstores so it's time to announce it here.
To quote the book's official site:
Not satisified with just offering up electonic PDF versions that mirror the book as it was exactly printed, I have availble the DocBook source that is heavily marked up by some tools that was used to generate the PDF files from.
Also, as a first in the history of publishing books (that I know of), the entire revision history of the book is availble as a git archive so you can see how slowly the process went, how bad my writing really is before the excellent editors at O'Reilly get ahold of it, and how much the Technical Reviewers for the book really helped me out in making this something that everyone will want to have on their bookshelf.
It weighs in at a slim 175 pages, which is amazing as both the editor and myself thought it would be about 350 pages before the layout people attacked it with a bunch of small pointy fonts, saving a few forests in their glee to pack as much information as possible on every printed page.
And yes, to answer all of the questions that people have asked when reading the introduction, the book did start out at over 1,000 pages, consisting of nothing other than a description of every kernel configuration option possible (see the git tree if you don't believe me). Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, and a whole bunch of useful content was written by me to make this something that would acually sell.
What next? No more books for a while, that's for sure. But before quiting the writing gig, I was lucky to write a chapter for a special compilation project from O'Reilly that has turned into an amazing book that I feel honored to have been able to contribute to. More on that in a few months when it gets closer to publication date.
posted Tue, 09 Jan 2007 in [/linux]
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