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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.

Dr. Richard L. Dubs

When Dr. Dubs is not playing with Linux, he is a Senior Scientist with a Virginia-based defense contractor. He lives in an idyllic community in Rockville, MD with his wife, two kids and the family cat.

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.

Tom Kunz

Tom is 24 years old, married to the most wonderful woman in the world, and he works as a Systems Programmer for Rutgers University Telecommunications Division. Hobbies, other than Linux, include listening to and performing classical/romantic-period piano music, writing piano arrangements for church, woodworking, and recreational shooting. I can be reached at or

Mike List

Mike List is a father of four teenagers, musician, and recently reformed technophobe, who has been into computers since April,1996, and Linux since July.

Eric Marsden

Eric is studying computer science in Toulouse, France, and is a member of the local Linux Users Group. He enjoys programming, cycling and Led Zeppelin. He admits to once having owned a Macintosh, but denies any connection with the the Eric Conspiracy Secret Labs.

Cary O'Brien

Cary O'Brien lives in Washington DC, and refers to himself, when pressed, as a "systems engineer". He is currently Vice President of Optim Systems, Inc., which provides products and services to the the telecommunications industry. He has been messing with computer hardware and software since high school. He is married with two children, 4 and 7, who are starting with computers even earlier.

Alessandro Usseglio Viretta

Alessandro, European citizen and physicist, is a Ph.D. student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. During daytime he's trying to learn the art of cryo-electron-microscopy but at night he turns himself into the abominable kernel-compiler.

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.

Lots of excitement in the air these days what with free Netscape and the debate over OpenSource. We're going through some interesting times.

Well, not much to report this montho on a personal front--work! work! work! makes Margie a dull woman.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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