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Paulo Henrique Baptista de Oliveira

I am 23 years old. I have been using computers since age 15, from MSX Hotbit to Linux GNU/Debian 2.2. I currently work at Linux Solutions at Brazil. We mantain a site OLinux ( with a Introduction, Programming, Programs, Games, Security and Interviews sections and news about Linux everyday of the week. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from Brazilian Linux users. We have already published more than 100 articles and 500 news items in about 4 months.

Konstantin Boldyshev

Konstantin Boldyshev is software engineer, his primary work areas are assembly and C system programming, networking & and internet, embedded systems. Mostly known to community as Assembly HOWTO maintainer, asmutils author, and linux assembly hacker. He is maintainer of the "Linux Assembly", Linux/UNIX assembly programing portal.

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.

Pat Eyler

"Pate" is a linux/unix/networking geek who enjoys playing on the command line. When he's not puttering with or writing about computers and networks he likes to play with his kids, cook, and read. Talk to him at

Sean Lamb

I'm currently working on completing my BS degree in Computer Science at Lakeland College (begun earlier at the University of California, Riverside). I've been involved in computer support for the past 6 years, via phone, fax, and email, and I have created documentation for use by end users (some articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base) and other support staff (published in-house as either individual documents or on the support intranet), and I contributed some chapters to "Special Edition Using KDE" from Que publishing (now in print). I have done some application development on MS-DOS platforms and have begun developing a pair of applications for my Linux box. I am currently employed as a software developer working in C++ with Informix on a mix of Linux and AIX servers. When I'm not playing with or writing about Linux, I can usually be found working on my model railroad.

Ben Okopnik

A cyberjack-of-all-trades, Ben wanders the world in his 38' sailboat, building networks and hacking on hardware and software whenever he runs out of cruising money. He's been playing and working with computers since the Elder Days (anybody remember the Elf II?), and isn't about to stop any time soon.

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.

Robert Stagner

Robert has been programming in Perl on the Win32 and Mac platforms for the past three years. He's been using Linux for the last year, and simply loves it. When he is not programming in Perl or creating shell scripts, he spends time with his lovely wife.

Alan Ward

Alan teaches CS in Andorra at highschool and university levels. He's back to Unix this year after an 8-year forced interlude since he graduated -- it makes networking so much easier. His hobbies include science photography (both digital and traditional), trekking, rock and processor collecting.

Not Linux

Last month I said Linux Gazette would have a new Editor. The announcement turned out to be premature, so I am remaining the Editor for the time being.

Thanks to SOFCOM for offering the Gazette's first Japanese translation. You've been added to the mirrors page. I'll have to take our readers' word for it that the site is displaying correctly, since my browser doesn't do Japanese characters.

This issue features four articles from the OLinux site in Brazil ( -- Portuguese). Fernando Correa and Paulo Baptista have been very cooperative with LG, translating their interviews with Linux personalities for us and the like. We at Linux Gazette like to see the growth of Linux in non-English- speaking countries, and we're happy for the work OLinux is doing with their Brazilian portal. Latin America has experienced tremendous growth in Linux use over the past year, as Mexican schools have adopted it as a low-cost alternative to Windows, and Conectiva has released native Spanish and Portuguese Linux distributions. We'd like to cover more such endeavors in other parts of the world, if readers would be willing to send in reports from their country or translate some of their articles into English for us.

This issue marks the debut of a new Linux Gazette logo and navigation buttons. As you know, some readers have said it's time for something new, so we're giving it to them. The blue-silver chrome color was chosen for its "industrial" look, to represent that Linux Gazette is about putting Linux to work, getting it to do what you need. Of course, it's still about making Linux just a little more fun, too!

After all, if your work is chosen carefully, so that it furthers your personal goals (whatever they are), then the work will be fun. For instance, I enjoy Python and Zope, so I'm happy that my work gives me the chance to learn stuff I'd want to learn anyway.

Michael Orr
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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Published in Issue 53 of Linux Gazette, May 2000
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