Brian Fox (computer programmer)

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Brian Fox
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Brian J. Fox, Santa Barbara, CA 2008
Born (1959-12-11) December 11, 1959 (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts
Residence Santa Barbara, CA
Nationality American
Other names bfox
Occupation Technologist, author
Employer Opus Logica, Inc.
Website
http://opuslogica.com/

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 for 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]

Relatives[edit]

He is the younger brother of composer and musician Donal Fox. He is the son of physicist and educator Herbert Fox.[8]

References[edit]

  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!". gnu.announce. Web link. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  3. ^ len (g...@prep.ai.mit.edu) (April 20, 1993). "January 1993 GNU's Bulletin". gnu.announce. Web link. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Chet Ramey (October 31, 2010), Dates in your Computerworld interview, retrieved October 31, 2010 
  5. ^ http://www.plaxo.com/directory/profile/64426373020/9da0f414/Brian/Fox
  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. ^ http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/physics/Adjunct/Fox-Herbert.aspx

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