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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.

Jim 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 was married at the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim.

John M. Fisk

John Fisk is most noteworthy as the former editor of the Linux Gazette. After three years as a General Surgery resident and Research Fellow at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, John decided to ":hang up the stethoscope":, and pursue a career in Medical Information Management. He's currently a full time student at the Middle Tennessee State University and hopes to complete a graduate degree in Computer Science before entering a Medical Informatics Fellowship. In his dwindling free time he and his wife Faith enjoy hiking and camping in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. He has been an avid Linux fan, since his first Slackware 2.0.0 installation a year and a half ago.

Guy Geens

One of Guy Geens's many interests is using Linux. One of his dreams is to be paid for being a Linux geek. Besides his normal work, he is the (rather inactive) maintainer of his research group's web pages

Ivan Griffin

Ivan Griffin is a research postgraduate student in the ECE department at the University of Limerick, Ireland. His interests include C++/Java, WWW, ATM, the UL Computer Society ( and of course Linux (

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.

Mike List

Mike List is a father of four teenagers, musician, printer (not laserjet), and recently reformed technophobe, who has been into computers since April,1996, and Linux since July.

Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips is a blues guitarist & singer, a computer musician working especially with Linux sound & MIDI applications, an avid t'ai-chi player, and a pretty decent amateur Latinist. He lives and performs in Findlay OH USA.

Henry Pierce

Henry graduated from St. Olaf College, MN where he first used BSD UNIX on a PDP-11 and VAX. He first started to use Linux in the Fall of 1994. He has been working for InfoMagic since June of 1995 as the lead Linux technical person. He is now an avid Red Hat user.

Michael Stutz

Michael lives the Linux life. After downloading and patching together his first system in '93, he fast became a Linux junkie. Long a proponent of the GNU philosophy (publishing books and music albums under the GPL), he sees in Linux a Vision. Enough so that he spends his time developing a custom distribution (based on Debian) and related documentation for writers and other "creative" types and have formed a consulting firm based on GNU/Linux. His company, Design Science Labs, does Linux consulting for small-scale business and art ventures. He has written for Rolling Stone, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly and Alternative Press. He's a staff writer for US Rocker, where he writes about underground rock bands.

Josh Turial

Josh Turiel is the IS Manager of a small advertising agency South of Boston. He also runs the Grater Boston Network Users Group ( He also writes and does consulting work, as well. Since he has no life whatsoever as a result, his rare home time is spent sucking up to his wife and maintaining his cats.

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 assistant, Amy Kukuk, did ALL the work this month other than this page. If this keeps up, I may have to make her the Editor. Thanks very much for all the good work, Amy.

These days my mind seems to be fully occupied with Linux Journal. As a result, I've been thinking I need a vacation. And, in fact, I do. I had been planning to take off a week in June to visit my grandchildren in San Diego, California, but just learned that their current school district is year round -- no summers off. Somehow this seems anti-kid, anti-freedom and just plain hideous. I remember the summers off from school as a time for having fun, being free of assignments and tests -- a time to sit in the top of a tree in our backyard reading fiction, while the tree gently swayed in the breeze (I was fairly high up). It was great. I wouldn't want to ever give up those summers of freedom. I wish I still had them. Ah well, no use pining for "the good ol' days". The grandkids will get some time off from school in August, and I will just have to put off the vacation until then.

Stop the Presses

Be watching the Hot Linux News (link on The Front Page) on June 7 for an important announcement concerning the trademark issue.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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