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No book is written in isolation, and I have had a lot of help with this one. My family and friends have been very encouraging and helpful, and the women and men of LinuxChix were there to keep me going when things were hard. Thank you all!

I would like to thank Chris Klint and David North for the donation of a laptop and a laptop hard drive when I had to travel while preparing the book. Thanks to Sonja Krause-Harder and Rebecca Walter Pedersen for SuSE information, Alan Cox and Telsa Gwynne for Red Hat information, and Akkana Peck for Red Hat testing. Thanks also go to Mia Ridge for Macintosh information and Michelle Peglar for the use of a Macintosh.

I am grateful to my editor, Jonathan Gennick. I thought I was a pretty good writer when I started, but I'm a much, much better writer now. Thank you, Jonathan.

Thank you to Derek Price for technical review. Your comments have ensured that the book is accurate and that it reflects the recommendations of the CVS developers.

Many thanks to Ellie Volckhausen, Betsy Waliszewski, Bonnie Sheehan, and all the others at O'Reilly & Associates who have worked hard to make this book happen.

To Dr Anne Small and her team of dedicated medical professionals and support staff thank you. Without you, I would be an invalid, not an author, and I am eternally grateful.

I want to thank my dear friends Mike Whitaker and Richard Gencks for general encouragement and emotional support, especially when my wonderful grandmother died while I was reviewing the book. (I love you, Nan.)

And to my husband, Dancer Vesperman, and our housemate and friend Karen Hall thank you. There is no way I could have done this without you.

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