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About This Month's Authors

Larry Ayers

Larry Ayers lives on a small farm in northern Missouri, where he is currently engaged in building a timber-frame house for his family. He operates a portable band-saw mill, does general woodworking, plays the fiddle and searches for rare prairie plants, as well as growing shiitake mushrooms. He is also struggling with configuring a Usenet news server for his local ISP.

Jim Dennis

Jim Dennis is the proprietor of Starshine Technical Services. His professional experience includes work in the technical support, quality assurance, and information services (MIS) departments of software companies like Quarterdeck, Symantec/ Peter Norton Group, and McAfee Associates -- as well as positions (field service rep) with smaller VAR's. He's been using Linux since version 0.99p10 and is an active participant on an ever-changing list of mailing lists and newsgroups. He's just started collaborating on the 2nd Edition for a book on Unix systems administration. Jim is an avid science fiction fan -- and was married at the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim.

John Eikenberry

John currently lives in Athens, GA where he is both a student and an employee of the University of Georgia. He is working on his masters thesis in artificial intelligence while working full time as a system administration and programmer for the College of Education. Prior to his coming to Athens, John studied psychology and philosophy ending with a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Toledo. He has been using Linux since 1994 and maintains the Linux Ai/Alife mini-Howto.

John Gatewood Ham

John Ham was born June 10, 1964, in Florence, Alabama. He has a B.S., Mathematics, from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN and an M.S., Computer Science, from The University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO. He is currently working as an Instructor in the Computer Science Department at Burapha University, Bang Saen, Cholburi, Thailand. He teachs in English -- he does not speak Thai. He lives in Thailand, because his wife is Thai and did not wish to live in the United States. His Home Page

Michael J. Hammel

Michael J. Hammel, is a transient software engineer with a background in everything from data communications to GUI development to Interactive Cable systems--all based in Unix. His interests outside of computers include 5K/10K races, skiing, Thai food and gardening. He suggests if you have any serious interest in finding out more about him, you visit his home pages at You'll find out more there than you really wanted to know.

Evan Leibovitch

Evan is a Senior Analyst for Sound Software of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He's installed almost every kind of Unix available for Intel systems over the past dozen years, and this year his company became Canada's first Caldera Channel Partner.

Mike List

Mike List is a father of four teenagers, musician, printer (not laserjet), and recently reformed technophobe, who has been into computers since April,1996, and Linux since July.

Andy Newton

Andy Newton is a Java programmer for Automated Logic Corporation and has been an active member of the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts for two years. When not playing with computers, he enjoys running, backpacking, political banter and spending time with his fiancee, Karen. His Home Page

Justin Seiferth

When Justin's not busy improving our nation's information boreen, he's at home hacking various projects.  If you are cut off by a silver coupe with New Mexico plates on the roads around our nation's capital, feel free to wave hello!  Justin and his family will be making their annual sojourn to relatives in Ireland during July- he'd like to hear from fellow Linux users over there.

Cliff Serutine

Cliff Seruntine is a writer and an electronics and computer technician, web designer and all around hacker. He lives in Alaska with his family of four where they fight a never-ending battle against the evil computer assimilators and spend their weekends salmon fishing. He'd love to have you over to visit. Meet him at

Not Linux

Thanks to all our authors, not just the ones above, but also those who wrote giving us their tips and tricks and making suggestions. Thanks also to our new mirror sites.

My assistant, Amy Kukuk, did all the work again this month. She's so good to me. Thank you, Amy.

I'm going on vacation from July 3 to July 13, and I am truly looking forward to it. I've been working much too hard since taking over as Editor of Linux Journal, and a week or so with no work in my thoughts is going to be a much needed break. Riley and I are flying to Southern California to visit his dad--the esteemed UCLA Professor Emeritus, Dr. Ralph Richardson. We also will be visiting my daughter Lara and her children. Pictures of all my grandchildren are on my home page--they are, of course, the most beautiful and most intelligent grandkids in the world. I am very proud of them, as you can see.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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