Kay Sievers

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Kay Sievers
Nationality German
Occupation Software engineer
Employer Red Hat
Known for udev, systemd, Gummiboot

Kay Sievers is a computer programmer, best known for developing the udev device manager of Linux,[1] systemd[2] and the Gummiboot EFI boot loader.[3] Kay Sievers made major contributions to Linux's hardware hotplug and device management subsystems.[4]

In 2012, together with Harald Hoyer, Sievers was the main driving force behind Fedora's merging of the /lib, /bin and /sbin file system trees into /usr, a simplification which has since been adopted by other distributions such as Arch Linux.[5]

He is currently employed by Red Hat, Inc.[6] and previously has worked for Novell.[7]

Kay Sievers grew up in Eastern Germany under the socialist regime[8] and nowadays resides in Hamburg, Germany.[9]


  1. ^ Sievers, Kay, udev 150, LWN.net, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  2. ^ Lennart Poettering, "FAQs", systemd (0pointer), retrieved 2012-10-08 
  3. ^ Fabian, Scherschel, Gummiboot is an EFI boot loader that "just works", The H, archived from the original on 7 December 2013, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  4. ^ Kay Sievers, Linux Plumbers Conference, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  5. ^ Brockmeier, Joe, The Ever-Changing Linux Filesystems: Merging Directoris into /usr, linux.com, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  6. ^ Google Plus Profile, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  7. ^ libgudev spec file, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  8. ^ Kay, Sievers, 25 years now since I left the awful East German dictatorship, retrieved 2012-10-08 
  9. ^ vRfY.org Whois Record, retrieved 2012-10-08