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 55)
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 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]

Relatives[edit]

He is the fourth born in a family of 6 siblings, composer and musician Donal Fox, Thaddeus Fox, sister Ena Fox, Daniel Fox and sister Sara Fox-Ray. 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] and grandson of artist Daniel Fox creator of the Monopoly Man [9]

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!". Newsgroupgnu.announce. Usenet: 8906080235.AA01983@wheat-chex.ai.mit.edu. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "January 1993 GNU's Bulletin". Newsgroupgnu.announce. April 20, 1993. Usenet: gnusenet930421bulletin@prep.ai.mit.edu. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Chet Ramey (October 31, 2010), Dates in your Computerworld interview, retrieved October 31, 2010 
  5. ^ "Brian Fox". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  6. ^ The GNU Bash Reference Manual, (HTML version) by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox, ISBN 0-9541617-7-7
  7. ^ Chet Ramey and Brian Fox. "The GNU Readline Page" (PDF). Docs.freebsd.org. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Herbert Fox". Uml.edu. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  9. ^ Assoc. of Game and Puzzle Collectors Quarterly www.AGPC.ORG summer 2013 Vol.15 No. 2. Page 18. Meet Dan Fox-- The Artist Who Created "Mr. Monopoly" by Philip E.Orbanes

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