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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.

Eugene Blanchard

Eugene is an Instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he teaches electronics, digital, microprocessors, data communications, and operating systems/networking in the Novell, Windows and UNIX worlds. When he is not spending quality time with his wonderful wife and 18 month old daughter, he can be found in front of his Linux box. His hobbies are hiking, backpacking, bicycling and chess.

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.

Jeremy Dinsel

Jeremy is an almost-graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, where he studies computer science and operates the Math and Computer Science Linux server. He welcomes questions and comments and encourages western Pennsylvanians to join WPLUG--a Linux organization (

Miguel de Icaza

Miguel is one of the GNU Midnight Commander authors as well as a developer of GNOME. He also worked on the Linux/SPARC kernel port. He can be reached via e-mail at

David Jao

David is a gradual student working on his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Harvard University. With no practical programming experience, he has nevertheless managed to use Linux as his primary operating system for two years already. When he's not thinking about math, he is busy devising a master plan to rid Harvard of its institutional dependence on unstable computers running crashy proprietary programs.

Ron Jenkins

Ron has over 20 years experience in RF design, satellite systems, and UNIX/NT administration. He currently resides in Central Missouri where he will be spending the next 6 to 8 months recovering from knee surgery and looking for some telecommuting work. Ron is married and has two stepchildren.

Ray Marshall

Ray is a Software/Knowledge Engineer at NORTEL, working in RTP North Carolina, or telecommuting from his home in New Hampshire. He has over 30 years of experience with Software design, development and maintenence, having started out writing hardware diagnostics in the mid '60s. He has only worked with PCs and Linux for a little over 2 years, and now enjoys repaying the assistance he received, by assisting others. He can sometimes be found on Undernet #LinuxHelp. Beyond his professional interests he also enjoys various philosophical pursuits, and singing, and can be seen on the Inner Voices web page.

René Tavera

René is a shares trader at Value Casa de Bolsa, México, D. F. When not working or learning about computer systems, he spends time with his wife or playing the guitar.

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've had a fun and family-filled Thanksgiving, so have much to be thankful for this year. Hope this is true for all of you reading this too.

Seattle is cold and rainy today and I am feeling a bit blue. Think that means it is time to shut it down and go home for awhile.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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