It finally arrived. Today I got a box with the first five copies of my new book entitled “Probleemloos overstappen op Linux”, translated “Switching to Linux without problems”. The book aims to help W2L migrators and guides them through the various steps of securing crucial data from the Windows installation to installing Ubuntu Linux on the computer and acquainting them with a large collection of applications. I believe we (Dennis Leeuw and myself) succeeded in writing a book that takes the daily experience of the Windows users as focus and from that point explain the strengths and challenges of using Linux every day.
Of course, such a book can not be written without the help of others. I like to thank Gijs van der Poel who has been our mentor and coach throughout the process and who took care of the many mundane aspects of dealing with the publisher. Jos Herni, our co-writer who had to leave the team but continued supporting us with encouragement and the vast experience he has build up in using and writing about Ubuntu Linux over the years. And then, of course, the proof readers who had to wrestle with the rough drafts of the book: Ivo Jossart, Hans Lunsing, Toine Koops, Kees van der Staak and both Gijs en Jos. Finally, the team at SDU/Academic Service. I wonder whether there were times they thought it might have been a better idea to be involved in another project.
And, one thing we can not and should not forget in the realm of Linux and open source. This book couldn’t have been written without the long and relentless effort of the thousands of hackers, coders, programmers, howto writers and active users who are responsible for a great operating system and immense collection of valuable applications. We can only hope our book honors your hard work and make a contribution to a wider use of Linux.