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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 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.

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

Dr. Warren MacEvoy

Dr. Warren MacEvoy ( has been a happy Linux user since 1993. He enjoys reading with his son, Bryce, eating really hot food and listening to disturbingly loud music. He also hates putting commas inside of ``quotes,'' especially when the comma is not part of what he is quoting!

Bill Mote

Bill is the Technical Support Services manager for a multi-billion dollar publishing company and is responsible for providing 1st and 2nd level support services to their 500+ roadwarrior sales force as well as their 3,500 workstation and laptop users. He was introduced to Linux by a good friend in 1996 and thought Slackware was the end-all-be-all of the OS world ... until he found Mandrake in early 1999. Since then he's used his documentation skills to help those new to Linux find their way.

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.

Steve O'Neill

Steve is an electronics engineer and been designing hardware for 30 years, more or less. He got interested in Linux several years ago when he worked for a local ISP: he put Linux on his machine and haven't looked back since. He like to say he's semi-retired. That means when the money runs out, he'll go back to work. :-)

JC Pollman

I have been playing with linux since kernel 1.0.59. I spend way too much time at the keyboard and even let my day job - the military - interfere once in a while. My biggest concern about linux is the lack of documentation for the intermediate user. There is already too much beginner's stuff, and the professional material is often beyond the new enthusiast.

Erik Severinghaus

Erik is going to be a senior at North Raleigh Christian Academy next year. He's been using Linux for a couple years now, and currently runs Debian. When he's not staring at a monitor, he loves to ski, camp, backpack, and play basketball.

Anderson Silva

Anderson is a Senior at Liberty University majoring in Computer Science. Originally from Brazil, now he works at the University's Information Technology Center. He is also a member of the Lynchburg Linux User Group in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Jan W. Stumpel

Jan lives in Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

Not Linux

[ Penguin reading the Linux Gazette ]

There's not much to say this month. I was excited by the news about Amiga adopting the Linux kernel (and about the rumors about Transmeta), and by the report about TurboLinux outselling at least one version of Windows 98 in Japan. I learned from JC Pollman's article about DNS.

JC, by the way, has agreed to do a new monthly series called "The Linux Home System Administrator". These articles will be a little more advanced than our articles for beginners.

Now, if only I hadn't been sick the past week and a half...

Have fun!

-Mike Orr
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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