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About This Month's Authors

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.

David Bandel

David is a Computer Network Consultant specializing in Linux, but he begrudgingly works with Windows and those ``real'' Unix boxes like DEC 5000s and Suns. When he's not working, he can be found hacking his own system or enjoying the view of Seattle from 2,500 feet up in an airplane. He welcomes your comments, criticisms, witticisms, and will be happy to further obfuscate the issue.

Joe Barr

Joe has worked in software development for 24 years. He has served as programmer, analyst, consultant, and manager. He started writing about the industry in 1994 and his monthly column (Papa Joe's Dweebspeak Primer) became a favorite in Austin's "Tech Connected" magazine. The Dweebspeak Primer exists today in the form of an email newsletter and website. His articles have been reprinted in places like IBM Personal Systems Magazine, the legendary e-zine phrack, and the Manchester Guardian.

Jim Dennis

Jim 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.

Michael J. Hammel

Michael 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.

Bill Henning

Bill runs, a computer hardware oriented site. He is a systems analyst who designs real time industrial control software for a custom engineering company in Richmond, B.C. Bill is also the proprietor of a small web design / hosting / consulting business (Web Technologies,

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes is the publisher of Linux Journal, and thereby Linux Gazette. He dreams of permanently tele-commuting from his home on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula. As an employer, he is "Vicious, Evil, Mean, & Nasty, but kind of mellow" as a boss should be.

Ron Jenkins

Ron is the self taught, fairly unstable, and hopelessly unskilled proprietor of Blackwing Communications. He welcomes your comments, questions, and corrections. When he's not giving out crummy advice, he can usually be found warping young and old minds with what little expertise he has managed to retain.

James M. Rogers

James, his wife, and their pets have moved to a new home on the Olympic Peninsula In Washington State. I am now a Systems Programmer for the University of Washington Medical Center and Harbor View Medical Center. I work on the interfaces between medical computer systems.

Shay Rojansky

Shay Rojansky is an 18-year-old high school student about to be drafted into the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), where he hopes to push Linux as an OS. He sometimes works in his high school as a system administrator (mainly Linux).

Vincent Stemen

Vincent is a programmer, Unix/network administrator, and avid Linuxer who goes snow skiing every chance he gets. The day he installed Linux version 0.12 approximately seven years ago and saw how well it ran, he bulk erased most of his floppy disks containing software for other operating systems and went out and celebrated.

Martin Vermeer

Martin is a European citizen born in The Netherlands in 1953 and living with his wife in Helsinki, Finland, since 1981, where he is employed as a research professor at the Finnish Geodetic Institute. His first UNIX experience was in 1984 with OS-9, running on a Dragon MC6809E home computer (64k memory, 720k disk!). He is a relative newcomer to Linux, installing RH4.0 February 1997 on his home PC and, encouraged, only a week later on his job PC. Now he runs 5.0 at home, job soon to follow. Special Linux interests: LyX, Pascal (p2c), tcl/tk.

Branden R. Williams

Branden is Vice President of I-Net Solutions, Inc. ( There he consults with several other companies doing UNIX system and network administration, security management, and system performance tuning. When he is not in the office, he enjoys sailing, camping, and astronomy.

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 news this month and last was gathered by Ellen Dahl. Amy Kukuk put the News Byte column together for me. Thanks to them both for good and needed help.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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