Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has written several best-selling beginning-level Linux titles for Apress. A former computer magazine editor, he has been writing about computers, operating systems, and software for a decade. He has also edited many computing titles and works as a full-time author. He lives on the side of a mountain in England, and his hobbies include hiking and playing musical instruments.
Shashank Sharma has contributed articles extensively to Linux.com and NewsForge. He conducts classes on various aspects of Linux at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Using Linux since 1997, Shashank has helped several newbies with his 1,000+ posts at the popular LinuxQuestions.org forum board. Interested in the workings of free/open source software licenses, he actively participates in the discussions on the Creative Commons mailing list. His blog, LinuxLala.net, focuses on licensing and is regularly linked to by major web sites such as IPcentral and LXer.