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The image on the cover of Running Linux, Third Edition is a rearing horse. A horse will rear often to avoid going forward-as a way to avoid either further work or a frightening object. Other factors may include poorly fitted tack or an overly aggressive rider. For some horses, rearing is a learned behavior. Often a very difficult vice to correct, rearing is not a very common problem with most reasonably trained horses, and it is not breed-specific or discipline-specific. Rearing is an unsettling, difficult move to ride, not to mention dangerous. When a horse rears, its rider must lean forward on the horse's neck, to avoid shifting the weight and flipping the horse over backwards.

Edie Freedman designed the cover of Running Linux, Third Edition using QuarkXpress 3.32. The cover image of a rider on a rearing horse is adapted from a 19th-century engraving from Marvels of the New West: A Vivid Portrayal of the Stupendous Marvels in the Vast Wonderland West of the Missouri River, by William Thayer (The Henry Bill Publishing Co., Norwich, CT, 1888).

Jeffrey Liggett was the production editor for Running Linux, Third Edition; Alva Ware-Bevacqui was the copyeditor; John Files was the proofreader; Sebastian Banker provided production assistance; Nancy Kotary, Claire Cloutier LeBlanc, and Abigail Myers provided quality control. Chris Reilley, Robert Romano, and Rhon Porter created the illustrations using Adobe Photoshop 5 and Macromedia FreeHand 8. Seth Maislin wrote the index.

Kathleen Wilson produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 3.32 and Adobe Photoshop 5 software, using the ITC Garamond Condensed font. Edie Freedman, Jennifer Niederst, and Alicia Cech designed the interior layout. Chapter opening graphics are from the Dover Pictorial Archive and Marvels of the New West. Whenever possible, our books use a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds this binding's limit, perfect binding is used.

Interior fonts are Adobe ITC Garamond. Text was prepared in SGML using the DocBook 2.1 DTD. The print version of this book was created by translating the SGML source into a set of gtroff macros using a filter developed at O'Reilly by Norman Walsh. Steve Talbott designed and wrote the underlying macro set on the basis of the GNU gtroff -gs macros; Lenny Muellner adapted them to SGML and implemented the book design. The GNU gtroff text formatter version 1.10 was used to generate PostScript output.

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