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About This Month's Authors

Randy Appleton

Randy Appleton is a professor of Computer Science at Northern Michigan University. Randy got his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. He has been involved with Linux since before version 0.9. Current research includes high performance pre-fetching file systems, with a coming port to the 2.X version of Linux. Other interests include airplanes, especially home-built ones.

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.

Rick Dearman

Rick is an American living and working in the United Kingdom as a computer programming consultant. He is currently attempting to wean himself off late nights, coffee, and computers, on to early morning jogs and fresh orange juice. Unfortunately it isn't working that well.

Bernard Doyle

Bernard is a self-employed programmer/analyst in Sydney, Australia. He mainly works on developing software for handheld pen PCs. His web page is at He hopes to set up a Web Server running Linux at some time in the future. Comments, etc. can be sent to

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.

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes is the publisher of Linux Journal, and thereby Linux Gazette. He dreams of permanently tele-commuting from his home on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula. As an employer, he is "Vicious, Evil, Mean, & Nasty, but kind of mellow" as a boss should be.

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.

Leonardo Lopes

Leonardo is originally from Brazil. He has a degree in CS and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University. He also enjoy computers, playing soccer and guitar, and fast cars.

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.

Russell C. Pavlicek

Russell is employed by Digital Equipment Corporation as a software consultant serving US Federal Government customers in the Washington D.C. area. He is constantly looking for opportunities to employ Linux on the job. He lives with his lovely wife and wonderful children in rural Maryland where they serve Yeshua and surround themselves with a variety of furry creatures. His opinions are entirely his own (but he will allow you to adopt one or two if you ask nicely).

Steven Singer

Steven is a computer science student at the University of Waterloo. He has been running Linux as his primary operating system for over 3 years. Steven is a licensed private pilot who's hobbies include flying, reading, and advocating the spread of Unix. His web page can be seen at

Kristian Elof Sørensen

Kristian lives in Copenhagen, Denmark where he makes database enabled web-sites, builds intranets, programs, trains users and does other forms of Inter/intra-net contracting work. He has made some of the information on The Linux Rescource Exchange, but apart from that hasn't contributed to Linux. When not working, he likes to study Nordic and British 19th century philosophy and literature.

Martin Vermeer

Martin is a European citizen born in The Netherlands in 1953 and living with his wife in Helsinki, Finland, since 1981, where he is employed as a research professor at the Finnish Geodetic Institute. His first UNIX experience was in 1984 with OS-9, running on a Dragon MC6809E home computer (64k memory, 720k disk!). He is a relative newcomer to Linux, installing RH4.0 February 1997 on his home PC and, encouraged, only a week later on his job PC. Now he runs 5.0 at home, job soon to follow. Special Linux interests: LyX, Pascal (p2c), tcl/tk.

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.

Thanks to my wonderful husband, Riley, for the hard work he has done the last three months to help get LG out. He has, however, decided that he no longer wishes to take full responsibility for Linux Gazette so I am once more in the driver's seat. Whether or not I decide to outsource it again remains to be decided.

In the meantime, I'm having fun and enjoying all the mail and good articles that you guys have been sending in. Lots of you have subscribed to our announcement service and it seems to be working well -- no complaints!

Linux Journal has redesigned its Linux Resources Page. Check it out and give us your comments and suggestions. We'd like these pages to be community effort and will provide space for discussion groups and Linux projects. Just get in touch with our webmaster.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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