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Steven 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.

Marius Andreiana

Marius is 19 years old and a student in the first year at Politehnica Bucharest, Romania. Besides Linux, he also loves music (from rock to dance), dancing, having fun, spending time with friends. He is interested also in science in general (and that quantum spooky connection :) and says, "I like cooking (okay, maybe I don't like it a lot, but I have to cook because I live alone while I'm at studies in Bucharest. Poor me :-) poor neighbours :-)"

Shane Collinge

Part computer programmer, part cartoonist, part Mars Bar. At night, he runs around in a pair of colorful tights fighting criminals. During the day... well, he just runs around. He eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's sleepy.

Fernando Correa

Fernando is a computer analyst just about to finish his graduation at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Now, he has built with his staff the best Linux portal in Brazil and have further plans to improve services and content for their Internet users.

Ray Ferrari

I am a newbie to the Linux community, but have been following the rise of popularity for almost two years now. I continue to learn as much as possible about the Linux operating system in an attempt to become proficient and knowledgeable in it's use as an internet platform. I have volunteered on the Debian mailing list, and I continue to assist the Linux Professional Institute(LPI) promote their agenda. I help staff the LPI booths at events and write articles updating their achievements.

Eric Kasten

I'm a software developer by day and an artist, web developer, big dog, gardener and wine maker by night. This all leaves very little time for sleep, but always enough time for a nice glass of Michigan Pinot Gris. I have a BS double major in Computer Science and Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science. I've been using and modifying Linux since the 0.9x days. I can be reached via email at or through my website at

Kapil Sharma

Kapil is a Linux and Internet security consultant. He has been working on various Linux/Unix systems and Internet Security for more than 2 years. He maintains a web site ( for providing free as well as commercial support for web, Linux and Unix solutions.

Juraj Sipos

I live and work in Bratislava, Slovakia as a library information worker, translator and research reader at the Institute for Child Psychology. I published some of my poetry here and in USA, I translated some books from English (e.g., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps). You can see some of my stories and poetry at Computers are my hobby.

Jason Steffler

Jason is a Software Architect for McHugh Software International.  His computer related interests include: OO programming & design, Smalltalking, the peopleware aspects of software, and noodl'n around with Linux.

Not Linux

Penguins in Brazil

NPR had a story this month about the penguins arriving on the beaches in Rio de Janeiro and other parts of Brazil. Usually there are five or so penguins, but this year there are hundreds of penguins who used to stick around the Falklands/Malvinas Islands but have now migrated to Brazil.

Scientists suspect maybe it's a long-term climactic change, and the cold ocean currents they follow to find their food may have shifted.

Some Brazilians have adopted penguins as pets, but many don't know how to care for them. The penguins don't do well when the weather turns hot, so some ppl put them in the freezer. Unfortunately, this gives the penguins hypothermia, because this variety is used to a temperate environment. One of Brazil's zoos is building a penguin rehabilitation center for the penguins it has acquired and the ex-pets who have been donated to it.

Can any readers in Brazil provide any more information?

Penguins in Australia

In January, Linux Journal published a short interview article about an oil spil near Australia's Phillip Island where fairy penguins (aka little penguins, the kind that bit Linus) live, and how hackers (including LJ) sent money to help rehabilitate the birds. The article describes how part of the rehabilitation included sweaters for the birds, made apparently from socks. has pictures and whimsical drawings of penguins, and panels from the High Tide comic strip featuring penguins. The site features information about the Phillip Island Nature Park.


The Spam of the Month award goes to the real estate company in Pakistan that offers programmers and sysadmins (certified in MCSE, Oracle, VB, e-commerce, etc.) for 240 hours per month for US$100.


[Nov 30, 3:45pm] As I write, the N30 WTO II demonstrations have started in downtown Seattle. "Several hundred" protesters (600-800 according to the news) are marching to Westlake Park from separate demonstrations on Capitol Hill and the International District. The most ingenious of their plans is a giant cake they'll be presenting to Mayor Paul Schell and booster Pat Davis, to thank them for bringing the WTO trade ministerial last year.... so they [the activists] could expose what bastards they [the WTO] are. In other matters, nine Starbucks were hit yesterday and the day before.... Anyway, you'll know by the time you read this whether news about N30 makes it outside the region.

Michael Orr
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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Published in Issue 60 of Linux Gazette, December 2000
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