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Name: Augusto Campos
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I am the single maintainer of 'Linux in Brazil',, a website which name already explains its purpose. I do not develop any software package myself, but sure do my fair share of work generating documentation and spreading the culture :)

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I'm back in the saddle again ;-)

There's a new project online on the site as of today: I intend to map all broadband access providers available to the general brazilian (and portuguese, for that matter) public. The first step is to collect the data from Linux broadband users through this form. After two months, I expect to publish the data in an article, and to make it available (translated to English, probably) to the mantainers of related LDP docs, like the Cable Modem Providers HOWTO, that carries some information about brazilian providers already.

I want to know not only which providers are ready for Linux, but also what models of hardware work best. Given all the misinformation that comes from the vendors, I expect it to be useful to many people, not only in Brazil.

After a long pause, I'm back seeking for new missions. I couldn't write many articles for the site during the past weeks, but I'm very happy to be able to announce here that you can clearly see a linux users community building up around the brazilian documentation and technical news sites - and they are willing to contribute!

Yesterday I managed to edit and post two contributed articles. One of them was excelent - how to do everything involved in setting up an IMP webmail server. Since imap and apache install, including all tricks involving PHP, phplib, SSL, Horde and, of course, imp. The other article was an introductory one - gcc, gdb and make introduced to those people who already know how to program, but don't know the GNU tools yet.

Of course, daily news never stop, so I get to write something up everyday - and I keep loving it. I'll try to post my activities here more often!

Yesterday was a busy day - wrote two whole (and both very long) articles about linux networking (from an administrator's point of view) for a printed magazine. Spent some time rebuilding some graphics, and then went on to write two articles for the university (damn teachers!)

I managed to write an article on the Free Software Economic Model for my IT class - maybe I can publish it somewhere. Probably both ESR and RMS would be mad at me if they could read it, but I had to show both points of view to people that still think that free software and freeware games are the same.

The new computer arrived, I'm back to business, and I promise to post more frequent diary entries from now on :)

I am creating more and more imaginative ways to get my free-software works done. I wish there were more hours on my days, 24 aren't enough.

One of the DDS tape units went out of order, tomorrow night I will have to watch the hardware maintenance guy do his work on the server. There will be like 2 or three hours (including the wait until everybody stop doing their jobs on the network) for me to write things. I intend to write some nice words about two mostly unsung heros of unix: cron and man.

BTW, the server that hosts the DDS unit is an ancient PA-RISC HP server. I hope I'll have the chance to install linux on it someday, somehow.

Today I wrote a review (in portuguese) of 'Building Linux and OpenBSD Firewalls' - great book!

I'm running out of cash and I badly need a new workstation, so maybe I'll have to do something interesting (and not cheap) very fast.

Published the long awaited review of Conectiva Linux 5.0, the brazilian linux distribution. Finished reading the 'DocBook' o'reilly book, will soon restart the book project...

This was not a good week - the Palm I used to love was stolen, among other bad things that I don't want to mention again.

New week, new hopes :)

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