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The animal featured on the cover of Learning the UNIX Operating System is the horned owl. The horned owl is the most powerful of the North American owls, measuring from 18 to 25 inches long. This nocturnal bird of prey feeds exclusively on animals-primarily rabbits, rodents, and birds, including other owls-which it locates by sound rather than sight, its night vision being little better than ours. To aid in its hunting, an owl has very soft feathers which muffle the sound of its motion, making it virtually silent in flight. A tree-dwelling bird, it generally chooses to inhabit the old nests of other large birds such as hawks and crows rather than build its own nest.
Edie Freedman designed this cover and the entire UNIX bestiary that appears on other Nutshell Handbooks. The beasts themselves are adapted from 19th-century engravings from the Dover Pictorial Archive.
The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest and implemented in troff by Lenny Muellner. The text of this book is set in ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The text pages are formatted in troff. Figures were created by Chris Reilley and updated by Robert Romano in Macromedia Freehand. The cover was produced in QuarkXPress.
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