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Stephen Adler

While not building detectors in search of the quark gluon plasma, Steve Adler spends his time either 4 wheeling around the lab grounds or writing articles about the people behind the open source movement.

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.

Chris Carlson

Chris has been developing software for various systems and hardware since 1973. He worked for 8 years as a Developer's Support Engineer for Silicon Graphics, Inc. based in Southern California. He is now working for DataDirect Networks assisting in the development and test of SGI and Linux device drivers. He lives in Orange County, California.

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.

Andrew Feinberg

Andrew has been using Linux for about three years and computers for even longer. He is a Debian GNU/Linux developer and an organizer of the High School Linux User Group site ( He can be reached at

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.

Terry "Mongoose" Hendrix I

Terry has a web page at

Norman M. Jacobowitz

Norman is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Seattle, Washington. Please send your comments, criticisms, suggestions and job offers to

Sean Lamb

[Sean wrote the Caldera review in last month's LG, issue #42.] I am a computer science major and LAN Admin at Lakeland College's Madison, WI, campus as well as a member of the Wisconsin DOT Help Desk and Server Backup teams. My previous Linux experience was solely with RedHat until installing Caldera 2.2. I am a member of MadLUG (the Madison Linux User Group, at and an active contributor to the user group's web presence. When I'm not playing with Linux, I'm building and running my model railroad. I can be reached at

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.

Anderson Silva

Anderson is a Senior at Liberty University majoring in Computer Science. Originally from Brazil, now he works at the University's Information Technology Center. He is also a member of the Lynchburg Linux User Group in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Jan W. Stumpel

Jan lives in Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

Jeff Wall

Jeff is Production Manager of Mahaffeys' Quality Printing in Jackson, Mississippi. He helped start the Linux Users Group of Jackson ( "because we didn't have one". Happily married, he has a yellow Labrador named Buckminster Fuller and entirely too many computers. He'll discuss his Linux performance testing the drop of a hat at .

Dan York

Dan has been working in the corporate training field for 9 years and is currently employed in the Education department of Linuxcare. He has been working with the Internet and UNIX systems for the past 13 years and with PCs since the first Apples in 1977. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Linux Professional Institute and is very grateful that Linuxcare allows him to spend part of his day working on LPI issues. Dan is also the maintainer of He enjoys spending his almost-non-existent free time with his wife and their greyhound and cat at home in New Hampshire.

Not Linux

I want to give a big thanks to our authors this month for giving us such a substantial issue. This issue has almost twice as many articles as last month, and I learned a thing or two from some of them.

This issue is a little milestone for me. It marks my first time publishing an ezine without outside help.

Dealing with the one letter where we didn't have a common language to communicate with got me thinking about my interest in Esperanto. Because if we all had a common, simple auxiliary language to fall back on (one much easier to learn than English!), these things wouldn't happen. Are there any Gazette readers who speak Esperanto? If so and you'd like to chat, write me. Cxu estas iuj ajn legantoj je la Gazette, kiuj parolas Esperante? Se jes, kaj se vi volus babili, skribu al mi.

Have fun!

Michael Orr
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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