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The image on the cover of Linux in a Windows World depicts members of the Native American Nez Perce tribe playing cards. In the mid-1850s, a treaty with the U.S. government made most of the Nez Perce lands (parts of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) into a reservation. However, with the discovery of gold on the reservation, the government tried to push through a new treaty reducing the land to a quarter of its size. The tribe refused to accept it, and war broke out. After a long campaign, with his warriors facing starvation, Chief Joseph surrendered. The captured warriors were housed in a temporary village near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, before being assigned to a reservation (not, however, with their people in the Northwest, as had been promised).

Mary Anne Weeks Mayo was the production editor and copyeditor, and Marlowe Shaeffer was the proofreader for Linux in a Windows World. Sarah Sherman and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Keith Fahlgren and Lydia Onofrei provided production assistance. John Bickelhaupt wrote the index.

Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Hanna Dyer and Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Emma Colby produced the ...

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