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About This Month's Authors

Murray Adelman

Murray is an academic mathematician; trained at the University of Pennsylvania and teaching at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia for the last twenty odd years. At a time when UNIX was new to our department he stumbled across the Berkely User Supplementary Documents and got interested in troff. He also vowed to save up and get a UNIX system of his own. Linux saved him from the saving up part. In his professional work he has used mostly TeX, but maintains an interest in markup languages in general, including SGML.

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. 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.

Chris DiBona

Chris is a computer security specialist for StrongCrypto Inc. He can be reached at His personal web site is located at

John M. Fisk

John 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.

Michael J. Hammel

Michael 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.

Clint Jeffery

Clint is an assistant professor in the Division of Computer Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He writes and teaches about program execution monitoring, visualization, programming languages, and software engineering. Contact him at or read about his research at He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona.

Richard Kaszeta

Richard is currently both a Unix Systems Administrator and a PhD Student in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Minnesota, and currently administers more than 25 Linux machines running Debian Linux. In addition to Linux, his hobbies include scuba diving, ultimate frisbee, and cooking. You can visit his home page at

John Kodis

John has been involved in a wide range of scientific and real-time software development efforts. He is currently the software development manager for a large satellite image ingest, archive, processing, and distribution system. He enjoys tinkering with Linux, writing Perl, playing with his two kids, and trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of the Gnome project.

John Little

John, who worked for Sun for nine years, is from the U.K., lives in Japan and works in Tokyo for an American company. He wears a range of increasingly bizarre hats in an (mostly futile) effort to hide his incipient baldness. He can be reached by e-mail at

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.

Shamim Mohamed

Shamim met Unix in 1983 and was introduced to Linux at version 0.99 pl12. He is the author of Icon's POSIX interface and produced the linux distributions described in this article. These days he is a Silicon Valley polymath and factotum, and an instrument rated pilot flying taildraggers. He's at | He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona.

Oliver Müller

Oliver works as programmer and is principal of a software developing firm. He is also author and writes for several computer magazines and book publishers. His email address is

Kirk Petersen

Kirk is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College and is working at NOAA in Seattle. He spends his spare time working on various Linux software projects. E-mail him at or check out his web page at

Dave Wagle

Dave's a slightly quarky theology graduate student who has made a living for the last 10 years developing, deploying, supporting and otherwise wrestling with Unix and relational databases. He's married, has 2 kids, and an odd fondness for Kierkegaard. Write him at:

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.

This month we say good-bye to our "Weekend Mechanic", John Fisk. John began Linux Gazette as a learning project for himself, never dreaming how popular it would become with the Linux community. When he turned LG over to SSC, I was very pleased he planned to continue writing for LG. I appreciate all of John's contributions and will miss having his column in our pages. I know you will too.

Bye, John, keep having fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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