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About This Month's Authors

Larry Ayers

Larry Ayers 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.

James T. Dennis

Jim Dennis 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 recently got married at the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim.

Bill Duncan

Bill has worked with Unix systems since the early Version 7 days on PDP-11's. He worked with Xenix throughout most of the eighties and has also worked with many other flavors of Unix over the years, but his operating system of choice is now Linux. When not working or fiddling with his four Linux systems at home (which is rare), he might have some time left over for his other hobbies; his dog (Daisy), photography and Amateur Radio.

Michael J. Hammel

Michael J. Hammel, 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.

Oleg Machulski

Oleg Machulski is a student of Laboratory of Computing methods at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University. He has been a Linux enthusiast since Sept.1996 as well as an OS/2 enthusiast. After receiving the source of a very unusual DOS text editor, where the program was structurized in a hypertext manner from his scientific advisor Andrey V. Astreling, he wrote and ported the following functions: search, macrocommands, multiple pages and so on. Brief history of that freeware project could be found at Also, I like to play guitar and listen to jazz music. Additional info can be found at my homepage

Hans Paijmans

Hans "Paai" Paijmans is University lecturer & researcher at Tilburg University and a regular contributor to several Dutch journals. Together with E. Maryniak he wrote the first dutch book on Linux--already two years ago. My, doesn't the time fly. His homepage is 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 The Cutest Baby in the Known Universe can be seen at The Info-ZIP home page moved to at the beginning of the year, and the PNG home page moved to

James Shelburne

James Shelburne currently lives in Waco, Texas where he spends most of his free time working on various Linux networking projects. Some of his interests include Perl + CGI, Russian, herbal medicine and the Ramones (yes, you heard right, the Ramones). He is also a staunch Linux advocate and tries to convert every MacOS/MS Windows/AMIGA user he comes into contact with. Needless to say, only other Linux users can stand him.

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.

I'd like to apologize for being later than usual getting LG posted. The weather in Seattle has been a more than a little bizarre lately. My neighborhood got about 20 inches of snow from December 26 to December 29. Since the normal yearly snowfall is about 4 inches, everything stopped, including the buses for the first time in Metro history. SSC had a portion of the roof give way under the weight of snow and water (the rains started December 29 and haven't quit yet). As a result of the flooding, things are in quite a mess around the office. Yearly rainfall in Seattle is usually 31 inches; this year we had 55 inches. I thought I was back in Houston!

Actually, I was back in Houston during my vacation week before Christmas. The weather wasn't great there either -- rainy and cold, and I was counting on sunshine. However, I still had a good time visiting with family and friends. My grandchildren, Sarah and Rebecca, are a delight to be with -- I miss them a lot.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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