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Matthias Arndt

I'm a Linux enthusiast, 20 years old and from Germany. I will start studying computer sciences in conjuction with economics in October. I like good old rock'n'roll and of course Linux. I love writing stories and I have always wanted to write for a computer magazine.

Bill Bennet

Bill, the ComputerHelperGuy, lives in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; the "Catfish Capitol of North America" if not the world. He is on the Internet at He tells us "I have been a PC user since 1983 when I got my start as a Radio Shack manager. After five years in the trenches, I went into business for myself. Now happily divorced from reality, I live next to my Linux box and sell and support GPL distributions of all major Linux flavours. I was a beta tester for the PC version of Playmaker Football and I play `pentium-required' games on the i486. I want to help Linux become a great success in the gaming world, since that will be how Linux will take over the desktop from DOS." It is hard to believe that his five years of university was only good for fostering creative writing skills.

Nicolas Chauvat

Nicolas is currently working at Logilab in Paris, France. He studied robotics, computer science and artificial intelligence and has been dreaming of electric sheep for some time now. He coordinates a French translation of Linux Gazette at

Shane Collinge

Part computer programmer, part cartoonist, part Mars Bar. At night, he runs around in a pair of colorful tights fighting criminals. During the day... well, he just runs around. He eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's sleepy.

Fernando Correa

Fernando is a computer analyst just about to finish his graduation at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Now, he has built with his staff the best Linux portal in Brazil and have further plans to improve services and content for their Internet users.

Chris Jones

Chris is an Australian poet and writer currently working on a series of novels with the working title of Swindle. He switched to Linux 14 months ago finding it the best operating system for writers he has ever worked on. He first installed Linux on his ancient Toshiba 3400 notebook, before buying a new desktop computer piece by piece. Once he got it assembled, he installed Linux as his only operating system.

Eric Kasten

I'm a software developer by day and an artist, web developer, big dog, gardener and wine maker by night. This all leaves very little time for sleep, but always enough time for a nice glass of Michigan Pinot Gris. I have a BS double major in Computer Science and Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science. I've been using and modifying Linux since the 0.9x days. I can be reached via email at or through my website at

Patrick Lambert

I am a freelance writer and an IT professional. I have worked with Linux companies for 7 years, supporting users and doing coding. I have been writting articles for 2 years.

Jose Nazario

José is a Ph.D. student in the department of biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He has been using UNIX for nearly ten years, and Linux since kernels 1.2.

Natarajan Krishnaswami

Natarajan, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, is a software engineer in IBM S/390 who works on porting applications to OS/390 and Linux/390.

Mark Nielsen

Mark works at ZING ( and Previously, Mark founded The Computer Underground. Mark works on non-profit and volunteer projects which promote free literature and software. To make a living, he recruits people for GNU related jobs and also provides solutions for web/database problems using Linux, FreeBSD, Apache, Zope, Perl, Python, and PostgreSQL.

Jason Steffler

Jason is a Software Architect for McHugh Software International.  His computer related interests include: OO programming & design, Smalltalking, the peopleware aspects of software, and noodl'n around with Linux.

Not Linux

The funniest-message-to-cross-my-mailbox-this-month award goes to:


By opening this mail you have fallen victim to the Amish Virus.

Because we don't have any computers or programming experience, this virus works via community spirit and the honour system.

Please delete all the files from your hard drive and manually forward this virus to everyone on your mailing list.

Thank you for your co-operation.

The Amish Computer Programming Department

Happy Halloween, Thoughtful Veterans' Day, Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Linuxing.

Michael Orr
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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Published in Issue 59 of Linux Gazette, November 2000
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