I must know: Whose idea was the kitten cover?
We had a variety of cover concepts, including some that were obvious (a fist hitting something). The idea of colored belts (i.e. a black belt) wasn’t possible because Pragmatic have another book that happened to use that idea (Mastering Dojo). The kitten appeared in the results of a photographic search engine, and the photographer actually called the shot “Kung Fu Kitty”. We all agreed it was cute, and I liked the fact that it was like the “I Can Has Cheezburger” craze (I don’t think the people at Pragmatic saw that particular reference, but “I did”:http://www.ubuntukungfu.com on the commercial website I made for the book).
Personally, I think the kitten looks more like it’s doing Tai Chi. Maybe she’s a very stressed kitty.
Linux scares me, but I love the kitten gag so much that I’m somewhat persuaded to build an Ubuntu box and get to work.
Thank you for the explanation.
I love the cover and the book to. With the help of Ubuntu Kung Fu and your other book “The Ubuntu Pocket Guide” i discovered the linux world and don´t wanna miss it anymore. THanks Keir! I hope to see some new stuff from you soon =D
Would you recommend this book for a linux noob ?
Keir Thomas will release a new book soon. But it will be published by Apress.