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Larry Ayers

Larry 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 is the proprietor of Starshine Technical Services and is now working for LinuxCare. 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.

Michael J. Hammel

A Computer Science graduate of Texas Tech University, Michael J. Hammel,, is an software developer specializing in X/Motif living in Dallas, Texas (but calls Boulder, CO home for some reason). His background includes everything from data communications to GUI development to Interactive Cable systems, all based in Unix. He has worked for companies such as Nortel, Dell Computer, and Xi Graphics. Michael writes the monthly Graphics Muse column in the Linux Gazette, maintains the Graphics Muse Web site and theLinux Graphics mini-Howto, helps administer the Internet Ray Tracing Competition ( and recently completed work on his new book "The Artist's Guide to the Gimp", published by SSC, Inc. His outside interests include running, basketball, Thai food, gardening, and dogs.

Ron Jenkins

Ron has more than 20 years experience in the RF/Satellite Communications and Networking Industry. He divides his time between his Ozark homeland and the "nasty stankin' city." I change this thing every time just to see if anyone notices. ;-)

Christopher Lopes

Chris is a computer science major in his senior year at Eastern Washington University.

Mark Nielsen

Mark founded The Computer Underground, Inc. in June of 1998. Since then, he has been working on Linux solutions for his customers ranging from custom computer hardware sales to programming and networking. Mark specializes in Perl, SQL, and HTML programming along with Beowulf clusters. Mark believes in the concept of contributing back to the Linux community which helped to start his company. Mark and his employees are always looking for exciting projects to do.

Eric S. Raymond

Eric is a semi-regular contributor to Linux Journal. You can find more of his writings, including his paper ``The Cathedral and the Bazaar'', at

Doc Searls

Doc is the Sr. Editor at Linux Journal. He has been writing on technology and other issues for most of his life, but resists learning vi.

Richard Sevenich

Richard is a Professor of computer science at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. He is also a part-time ski patroller at Schweitzer Mountain near Sandpoint, Idaho. His computer science interests include Fuzzy Logic, Application-Specific Languages and Parallel, Distributed, Real-time Industrial Control. He is an enthusiastic user of Debian/GNU Linux.

Thomas Smyth

Thomas works for the state electricity utility ESKOM in Cape Town, South Africa as a Support Engineer. He have used Turbo Pascal for many years, and more recently Delphi. He started learning Red Hat Linux 5.1 after hearing about the stability and features of Linux. He is now on a steep UNIX learning curve, reading the various HOWTO's, Guides and Man pages whenever he has a spare moment.

James Rogers

James and Shala Rogers live on the Olympic Peninsula in the middle of nowhere. James is a systems programmer for the University of Washington Medical Centers, Harborview Medical Centers and the University of Washington Physicians Network. He is a Health Level 7 Interface programmer who is currently writing a GNU licensed HL7 interface. These interfaces allow approximately 40 medical computer systems to communicate with each other across the entire Seattle Metropolitan area.

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.

The time has come for me to again pass on the reins of Linux Gazette. I need my weekends back for sanity. I have enjoyed doing LG and will miss it. You can bet that I will still be keeping an eye on things as overseer.

SSC hired Mike Orr as webmaster in April and he will be taking over LG with the next issue.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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