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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.

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

Al Koscielny

Al is a Systems Engineer with Resource Solutions International. In his spare time, he plays with Linux, reads Usenet, rides an ATB (all-terrain bike) and enjoys cooking. He wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Nacho, a big yellow tabby, to this article. He can be reached at

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.

Aaron Mauck

Aaron is the System Administrator at SSC.

Gerd Mueller

Gerd's first computer was a Amiga 500, but since 1996 he works with Linux. Few weeks ago he has finished his studies of computer science. Currently he spends most of his time with developing WipeOut at softwarebuero m&b. He can be reached at

David Nelson

David manages scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energy. Before that he earned his living as a theoretical plasma physicist. He started programming on the IBM 650 using absolute machine language and later graduated to CDC, DEC and Cray machines for his research. But Linux is the most fun. He and his wife, Kathy, live near Washington DC; they enjoy tennis, skiing, sailing, music, theater and good food.

David Penland

David has been using linux since he first encountered the sls distribution in the Autumn of 1992. He works as an AIX systems administrator for Unifi, INC. in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is married to Angel Penland, and they share a house with 2 dogs and 4 cats. He can be reached 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

Jan Rooijackers

Jan is an employee at Ericsson Data Netherlands BV (DSN). He came in contact with UNIX in 1991 and is now working in the Internet/Intranet business. Outside work, Jan spends time with his family and computers. He can be reached at

Sean C. Starkey

Sean has been a Linux user for over four years. His first Linux system had 0 as the major version number and came on floppy disks. If you would like to know more about Sean, feel free to visit his web site at He can be reached at

Alex Vrenios

Alex is a Lead Software Engineer at Motorola and has his ows consulting business. He is always taking some sort of class. He just finished the class work toward a Ph.D. in computer science, but only time will tell if it goes any further. His wife, Diane, is certainly his best friend and biggest fan. He enjoys his two Schnauzers, Brutus and Cleo, and his dozens of African Ciclids, too. He is a licensed amateur radio operator, as is Diane, and they spend more than a few nights together observing the skies through their 5-inch telescope. They like to get out and stay active, to enjoy life together.

Robert Wuest

Robert is an Electrical Engineer with Kemet Electronics in equipment engineering. He lives in the US but works in Mexico. He plays with computers there, developing software using Linux (for embedded 6809 systems). This article results from his current project, an instrument which will use a PC104 computer running Linux. He is building the chassis in AutoCAD using full 3D to place PC boards, relays and a lot of connectors. He really wishes he could do that in Linux. He uses Tango for DOS for circuit design and PCB layout. He wishes he could do that in Linux also.

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.

This last month I've just been working, working, working -- no time for fun. Riley is off on our annual motorcycle trip without me; he's exploring Utah and Arizona, all our favorite parks. So at least one of us is having fun. :-)

Actually, I'm having fun too. Working on LG always seems more like fun than work and the same is true for Linux Journal. I've also been doing some exploring of areas surrounding Seattle with my father-in-law, who just moved up to this area. We had a two hour ferry wait last Saturday that was frustrating yet comfortable because of the company. I think having nice in-laws is a definite plus in life. At any rate, we've seen some beautiful scenery, including a trip to Snoqualmie Falls and one to the Olympic Peninsula.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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