Brian Fox (computer programmer)

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Brian Fox
Brian J. Fox, Santa Barbara, CA 2008
Born (1959-12-11) December 11, 1959 (age 55)
Boston, Massachusetts
Residence Santa Barbara, CA
Nationality American
Other names bfox
Occupation Technologist, author
Employer Opus Logica, Inc.

Brian J. Fox (born 1959) is an American computer programmer, entrepreneur,[1] consultant, author, and free software advocate. He was the original author of the GNU Bash shell, which he announced as a beta in June 1989.[2] He continued as the primary maintainer of bash until at least early 1993.[3][4]

Free Software Foundation (FSF)[edit]

In 1985 Fox worked with Richard Stallman at Stallman's newly created Free Software Foundation.[5] At the FSF, Fox authored GNU Bash,[6] GNU Makeinfo, GNU Info, GNU Finger, and the readline[7] and history libraries.

He was also the maintainer of Emacs for a time, and made many contributions to the software that was created for the GNU Project between 1986 and 1994.[citation needed]


He is the younger brother of three siblings, composer and musician Donal Fox, Thaddeus Fox, and sister Ena Fox. He lives in Santa Barbara with long time partner Lissa Liggett and their three children. He is the son of physicist and educator Herbert Fox.[8]


  1. ^ "Virtual World Computing". Virtual World Computing (VWC). Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brian Fox (forwarded by Leonard H. Tower Jr.) (June 7, 1989). "Bash is in beta release!". Newsgroupgnu.announce. Usenet: Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ len ( (April 20, 1993). "January 1993 GNU's Bulletin". Newsgroupgnu.announce. Usenet: Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Chet Ramey (October 31, 2010), Dates in your Computerworld interview, retrieved October 31, 2010 
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  6. ^ The GNU Bash Reference Manual, (HTML version) by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox, ISBN 0-9541617-7-7
  7. ^ The GNU Readline Page, by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox
  8. ^

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