Keir Thomas

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Keir Thomas
Born1972 (age 46–47)
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Glamorgan (University of Glamorgan) (now the University of South Wales)
OccupationJournalist and author

Keir Thomas (born 1972) is an English journalist and author specialising in computing. He also runs a poetry press in Manchester. He is from Bury, England, grew up in Manchester and was educated at Trinity C.E. High School and Xaverian College, before going on to receive a first class BA Hons degree from the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales).

He started in journalism career in 1996, for British computer magazines at Future Publishing, Dennis Publishing and Ziff-Davis before moving on to edit several titles at Live Publishing. He edited PC Utilities, Linux User & Developer, PC Extreme, plus various spin-off titles. Magazines he was a staff member on include PC Plus, Computer Buyer and PC Direct. Thomas continues to write for several magazines, including Micro Mart, Writers' Forum and iCreate.

In 2004 Thomas wrote his first computer book, Beginning SUSE Linux (Apress).[1][2] The following year he wrote Beginning Ubuntu Linux (Apress),[3][4] which became the first English-language title to cover the fledgling operating system.[citation needed] It won a Linux Journal award and was a best-seller for its publisher.[5]

Keir has also written Ubuntu Kung Fu (Pragmatic Bookshelf), Mac Kung Fu (Pragmatic Bookshelf)[6][7] and Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. He self-publishes and blogs for PC World,[8] MacWorld and Cult of Mac.[9]

Poetry publishing[edit]

As a "professional hobby" Thomas runs Puppywolf, an independent poetry press in Manchester, United Kingdom known for publishing local authors. Its flagship publication is Best of Manchester Poets (BoMP), a yearly anthology showcasing the best writing from new and established poets in the area.


  1. ^ "Book review: Beginning SUSE Linux by Keir Thomas". Real Linux Geek blog. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Book review: Beginning SUSE Linux by Keir Thomas". About Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Book review: Beginning Ubuntu Linux by Keir Thomas". Free Software Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Beginning Ubuntu Linux: 2nd Edition book review". Linux User. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  5. ^ Beginning Ubuntu Linux
  6. ^ "Book Review: Mac Kung Fu For Mountain Lion by Keir Thomas". Mac Observer. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Mac Kung Fu (review)". BCS. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  8. ^ Articles by Keir Thomas | PCWorld
  9. ^ Archive | Cult of Mac