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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.

André D. Balsa

André lives in France, 80 miles south of Lyon. He currently runs a small Internet consulting business. When not busy exploring Linux performance issues, Andrew likes to spend his time with his 1-year old daughter, or else try different French recipes on his friends. He also helped set up the Linux Benchmarking Project pages at and a web site at, about the use of Cyrix 6x86 processors with Linux, which has had more than 9,000 visitors in less than two months uptime.

Gerd Bavendiek

Gerd has worked as a software engineer with various flavors of Unix since 1988. In 1994 he realized that using Linux could make his every-day work more convenient. Since that time he has used Linux and various GNU-software. He lives in Essen, Germany. In my spare time I build model-steam engines using real hardware: lathe, milling-machine and a lot of hand tools.

Erik Campo

Erik is a Computer Science graduate from UQAM (Universite du Quebec A Montreal) since June 1997. He has been working as a network programmer (C, C++, Java), teaching assistant and as a systems administrator in the Teleinformatique laboratory of UQAM for a year and a half. He is now working at UQAM's Registrar's Office as a Webmaster and as system administrator for the Teleinformatique laboratory. Erik is a Unix/Linux specialist, having installed and managed several flavours of Unix as Coherent, Minix, Linux and Solaris. He likes to write articles about Linux, listens to Heavy Metal music, plays both spanish and electric guitar and is a fanatic of the Spanish Civil War, history of General Franco and the political transition period in Spain from 1975 to 1978. For more information, please consult his web page at:

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.

Joel Jaeggli

Joel is a programer consultant with the University of Oregon Computing Center. Fomerly he worked for the Network Startup Resource Center, helping ngos in emerging nation connect to the internet, and of course discover the joy of free Unixes.

Dave Nelson

Dave is a manager who mostly deals with computing as an abstraction. He used to do computational science research, and Linux helps him stay in touch with reality.

Mark Nielsen

Mark works at the Health Sciences Library at The Ohio State University as a systems specialist. One day he hopes to replace NT computers with Linux and KDE.

James M. Rogers

James and Shahla Rogers own a farm in the back woods of Ohio and have 6 dogs and 3 cats.  He has served 14 years in the Airforce and Army, both enlisted and officer.  His first computer was a TS-1000.  He gave up his C128 in 1991 for Linux.  He is currently a UNIX and C contract programmer for the University of Washington.

Ylian Saint-Hilaire

Ylian is a Computer Science graduate from UQAM (Universite du Quebec A Montreal) since last summer and is now completing his master's degree at the same university specializing in Network Computing. He is a web site publishing and Internet specialist. He has been working with Internet and computer applications development for the last seven years, both as part of his formal education and as a personal passion. From 1981 to 1984 he lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean with his family. In 1991 he was selected by the Montreal Chamber of Commerce as one of the "Leaders of Tomorrow". He is also a commercial pilot. His web address is

Michael E. Smith

Michael is the Acting Managing Director of LXNY - New York's Free Computing Organization; editor of the Unigroup of New York Newsletter (; and enthusiastic advocate for Unix-like systems. He is a philosopher who has made his living as a computer consultant, presently as a Senior Associate of Charles River Computers, Inc., doing Unix Systems Administration at J. P. Morgan. Career highlights include authoring and deploying an original database system in MUMPS-15 and doing SETL research under Jacob T. Schwartz. Smith is a man of wide interests inside and outside of the computer field, but lately of little time to pursue them.

Jamie Zawinski

Jamie is a card-carrying Unix Hater, who doesn't use Linux, but despite that, has authored an awful lot of software that runs on Linux, including Lucid Emacs, XScreenSaver, XDaliClock, and the initial Unix versions of Netscape Navigator, and the Netscape Mail and News readers.

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.

Margie and I had a great Christmas break in Houston, Texas, where much of her family lives. Besides visiting with family and numerous friends we got to tour the Cockrell butterfly habitat, which was very pretty. Mostly sunny days and highs in the 60s made it tough to return to the middle of a Seattle winter, but we managed.

Have fun!

Riley P. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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