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Stephen Adler

While not building detectors in search of the quark gluon plasma, Steve Adler spends his time either 4 wheeling around the lab grounds or writing articles about the people behind the open source movement.

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.

Chris Carlson

Chris has been developing software for various systems and hardware since 1973. He worked for 8 years as a Developer's Support Engineer for Silicon Graphics, Inc. based in Southern California. He is now working for DataDirect Networks assisting in the development and test of SGI and Linux device drivers. He lives in Orange County, California.

Jack Coats

Jack (is a consulting UNIX administrator for Collective Technologies. Personal activities include his family, church, leading a local UNIX users group in Houston (HOUNIX), and hacking computers.

Jim Dennis

Jim is the proprietor of Starshine Technical Services and is now working for LinuxCare. 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.

Michael J. Hammel

A Computer Science graduate of Texas Tech University, Michael J. Hammel,, is an software developer specializing in X/Motif living in Dallas, Texas (but calls Boulder, CO home for some reason). His background includes everything from data communications to GUI development to Interactive Cable systems, all based in Unix. He has worked for companies such as Nortel, Dell Computer, and Xi Graphics. Michael writes the monthly Graphics Muse column in the Linux Gazette, maintains the Graphics Muse Web site and theLinux Graphics mini-Howto, helps administer the Internet Ray Tracing Competition ( and recently completed work on his new book "The Artist's Guide to the Gimp", published by SSC, Inc. His outside interests include running, basketball, Thai food, gardening, and dogs.

Mark Nielsen

Mark founded The Computer Underground, Inc. in June of 1998. Since then, he has been working on Linux solutions for his customers ranging from custom computer hardware sales to programming and networking. Mark specializes in Perl, SQL, and HTML programming along with Beowulf clusters. Mark believes in the concept of contributing back to the Linux community which helped to start his company. Mark and his employees are always looking for exciting projects to do.

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.

With this issue, Linux Gazette has a new editor. My name is Mike Orr, and I have been SSC's Webmaster since April. Margie is still here to advise me on the Gazette, and without her and Darcy's help, this first issue would not have come out. Special thanks also goes to Jim Dennis and Heather Stern, who also helped me out immensely this month.

I have been a Linux enthusiast since November 1991 and got my own computer to install Linux on in 1993. I started with SLS and Slackware, but have been running Debian since 1995. At times I can be seen lurking on the debian-devel mailing list, but currently I hang out mostly in the comp.lang.python newsgroup.

I have a personal web page at,

Have fun!

Michael Orr
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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