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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.

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.

Chris DiBona

Chris ( is a computer security consultant and is the Vice President of the Silicon Valley Linux User's Group. ( He enjoys Linux, studying terrorism and population statistics. He also grooves on a good Pale Ale. His personal web page can be found at

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.

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.

Mike List

Mike is a father of four teenagers, musician, and recently reformed technophobe, who has been into computers since April,1996, and Linux since July, 1997.

Eric Marsden

Eric is studying computer science in Toulouse, France, and is a member of the local Linux Users Group. He enjoys programming, cycling and Led Zeppelin. He admits to once having owned a Macintosh, but denies any connection with the the Eric Conspiracy Secret Labs.

Russell C. Pavlicek

Russell is employed by Compaq Computer Corporation (formerly with Digital Equipment Corporation) as a software consultant serving US Federal Government customers in the Washington D.C. area. He runs the Corporate Linux Advocate Homepage and can be reached at He lives with his lovely wife and wonderful children in rural Maryland where they serve Yeshua and surround themselves with a variety of furry creatures. His opinions are entirely his own (but he will allow you to adopt one or two if you ask nicely).

Michel Pelletier

Michel has been breaking Linux machines in the ISP business for years. His idols are K&R, Godel and Duke Ellington. When not in the mountains Michel can be found at

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

Greg Roelofs

Greg Roelofs escaped from the University of Chicago with a degree in astrophysics and fled screaming to Silicon Valley, where he now does outrageously cool graphics, 3D and compression stuff for Philips Research. He is a member of Info-ZIP and the PNG group, and he not only maintains web pages for both of those but also for himself and for the Cutest Baby in the Known Universe. He can be reached by e-mail at, or on the web at

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.

Doc Searls

Doc is President of The Searls Group, a Silicon Valley consultancy, and a co-founder of Hodskins Simone and Searls. He has been writing on technology and other issues for most of his life. The Flack Jacket series of essays is collected in Reality 2.0, Other series are Positions and Milleniana. He can be reached via e-mail 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 grandaughter, Rebecca is visiting me this week. We've been having a good time going to all the fun places around Seattle and have a lot more to visit. Her sister Sarah will be arriving on Friday to visit a week with me too. I feel very fortunate to have 2 such wonderful granddaughters. Rebecca loves to dance and is taking ballet, jazz and tap. Sarah is a Tae Kwon Do student. Pictures of both can be found on my home page.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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