Kay Sievers

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Kay Sievers
OccupationSoftware engineer
EmployerRed Hat
Known forudev, systemd, Gummiboot

Kay Sievers is a German computer programmer, best known for developing the udev device manager of Linux,[1] systemd[2] and the Gummiboot EFI bootloader.[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 other distributions such as Arch Linux have since adopted.[5]

Currently employed by Red Hat, Inc.,[3] Sievers previously worked for Novell.[2][6]

Kay Sievers grew up in East Germany[7] and nowadays[when?] resides in Berlin, Germany.[8][better source needed]


  1. ^ Sievers, Kay, udev 150, LWN.net, retrieved 2012-10-08
  2. ^ a b Lennart Poettering, "FAQs", systemd, 0pointer, retrieved 2012-10-08
  3. ^ a b Fabian, Scherschel, Gummiboot is an EFI bootloader that "just works", The H, archived from the original on 7 December 2013, retrieved 2012-10-08
  4. ^ Kay Sievers, Linux Plumbers Conference, archived from the original on 2014-02-03, retrieved 2012-10-08
  5. ^ Brockmeier, Joe, The Ever-Changing Linux Filesystems: Merging Directoris [sic] into /usr, linuxfoundation.org, retrieved 2012-10-08
  6. ^ Dynamic Device Handling on the Modern Desktop (PDF), retrieved 2012-10-08
  7. ^ Kay, Sievers, 25 years now since I left the awful East German dictatorship, archived from the original on 2012-12-17, retrieved 2012-10-08
  8. ^ vRfY.org Whois Record, retrieved 2012-10-08