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The following people contributed their writing, code, and inspiration to Linux Desktop Hacks:

  • Thomas Adam [Hack #9] has been using Linux since 1996. He has used a range of distributions but currently runs Debian. He is an active member of an online magazine, the Linux Gazette, for which he has written several articles. He also is a member of The Answer Gang.

  • Jim Aspinwall [Hack #99] is the coauthor and author of four books about computers and networking. His writing spans not only books but feature articles and how-to columns for a handful of PC magazines and web sites, including Computer User, PC World, and His hack can also be found in his book PC Hacks (O'Reilly).

  • Adrian Bradshaw [Hack #57] is a network engineer and open source enthusiast.

  • David Brickner[Hacks [Hack #69] and [Hack #87]] is an editor at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he works on Linux and system administration books. He is the author of Test Driving Linux (O'Reilly).

  • John Cheng [Hack #65] is an enthusiastic teenage Linux user. John has toyed with Linux and FreeBSD for years, and enjoys it.

  • Paul Cooper [Hack #31] is the Assistant Director of OpenAdvantage, the first independently funded vendor-neutral Open Source solutions center in the United Kingdom. Paul researches new (and old) OSS technologies in order to help people find the best OSS tools to use in their organizations.

  • Alan Donovan [Hack #97] is a researcher in the field of programming languages and program analysis. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and MIT, in whose Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory he currently works. His hack can also be found in iPod and iTunes Hacks (O'Reilly).

  • Rob Flickenger [Hacks [Hack #75] and [Hack #82]] has been hacking as long as he can remember. He recently served as sysadmin for the O'Reilly Network, and is currently working on promoting community wireless networking through efforts like NoCat ( and SeattleWireless ( His hacks can be found in his O'Reilly books Linux Server Hacks and Wireless Hacks, respectively.

  • Adam Garside [Hack #58] wanted to be a stuffy philosophy professor but discovered Unix in 1993. He currently maintains perimeter infrastructure and gateway services at Central Piedmont Community College using Debian GNU/Linux exclusively. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Sherri and two crazy cats.

  • Emma Jane Hogbin [Hack #96] is a Toronto-based documentation junkie. She teaches standards-compliant web development at Humber College, and gives public lectures on writing documentation through The Linux Documentation Project. She likes her Scotch peaty, her books hand-bound, and her rabbits angora. To find out more, visit

  • Stuart Langridge [Hack #95] has several interests, including writing code for the Web, Python, Linux, the usability of applications, and driving a Fiat Coupe. You can read his thoughts on these and many, many other things at his web site,

  • Jon Masters [Hack #92] hacks on Linux for real-time scientific instrumentation and is the author of a monthly Embedded Linux column in Linux User & Developer magazine. He began his first degree in computer science at the age of 13. Jon is a keen musician and also enjoys cycling, countryside walks, and geocaching.

  • Adam McMaster [Hack #45] is currently a full-time student, studying A-levels at Brooke Weston CTC in the UK. In his spare time he enjoys learning about operating systems, programming, and web design, as well as other aspects of computing.

  • David Murphy [[Hack #49] and [Hack #59]] is an open source fan, and supporter of Fedora and Mono.

  • Kyle Rankin [Hack #2] is a system administrator who enjoys troubleshooting, problem solving, and system recovery. He has been using Linux in many different forms for over six years, and has used live CDs to demo Linux and troubleshoot machinesfrom DemoLinux to the LinuxCare bootable toolbox to Knoppix. His hack can also be found in his book Knoppix Hacks (O'Reilly).

  • Jonathan Riddell [Hack #43] is a freelance computer programmer working on PHP-based web sites. As a KDE developer he maintains Umbrello UML Modeller and organizes the exhibition stands for KDE in Britain. He is a former Scottish champion of white-water canoe racing and is currently organizing the World Gathering of Quakers.

  • Ron Wellsted [Hack #68] has been in the computer industry for more than 25 years, working on Unix since 1983 and Linux since 1995.

  • George Wright [Hack #74] is a student living in London, hoping to study computer science at university when he's old enough. In his spare time he's a developer on the KDE Project and occasionally works on embedded Linux systems.

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