Keir Thomas


Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has been writing about operating systems and computer hardware for almost two decades. Formerly a computer magazine journalist and editor, working on titles such as PC Utilities and PC Extreme, he now writes about Apple Mac and Ubuntu Linux. In addition to Mac Kung Fu, his other book titles include Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference, Ubuntu Kung Fu, and Beginning Ubuntu Linux (various editions).

He works as a full-time author and lives on the side of a mountain in the United Kingdom. His hobbies include hiking, cycling and vegetable gardening.


iPad and iPhone Kung Fu (Pragmatic Bookshelf) by Keir Thomas February 2014
Mac Kung Fu (Pragmatic Bookshelf) by Keir Thomas Second Edition November 2012
Mac Kung Fu (Pragmatic Bookshelf) by Keir Thomas November 2011
Ubuntu Kung Fu (Pragmatic Bookshelf) by Keir Thomas September 2008


“This would be an invaluable reference book for any intermediate or advanced Mac user. ”
— Miraz Jordan, MacTips
“This book, is pretty much for the every-day Ubuntu Desktop user. They have tons of hints on how to make your environment faster and more efficient, especially if you are a desktop user!”
— Aras Memisyazici, Virginia Tech Windows Users Group
Ubuntu Kung Fu is the next level for beginning users. I highly recommend it as a fun and practical guide to an amazing free operating system. Even if you’re not quite sure it’s for you, go pick it up. I promise the tips, tricks, hints and hacks won’t disappoint.”
— Janica Unruh, Blogcritics Magazine
“Thomas writes in an engaging, informal style that makes the book very readable and the instructions easy to follow. ”
— Carol Bean, The Tech Static
“I recommend it highly to anyone who has become, or is becoming, an Ubuntu Linux user and enthusiast.”
— Lorin Ricker,
“The writing is straightforward directions with judgement and commentary that will satisfy an experienced Linux user.”
— Lee McKusick, PENLUG