|Born||July 26, 1959|
|Known for||nvi and Berkeley DB|
In 1986, Bostic joined the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California, Berkeley. He was one of the principal architects of the Berkeley 2BSD, 4.4BSD and 4.4BSD-Lite releases. Among many other tasks, he led the effort at CSRG to create a free software version of BSD UNIX, which helped allow the creation of FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.
In 1993, the USENIX Association gave a Lifetime Achievement Award (Flame) to the Computer Systems Research Group at University of California, Berkeley, honoring 180 individuals, including Bostic, who contributed to the CSRG's 4.4BSD-Lite release.
Bostic and wife Margo Seltzer founded Sleepycat Software in 1996 to develop and commercialize Berkeley DB, an open-source, key-value database. Sleepycat Software was the first company to develop dual-licensed open-source software. In February 2006, the company was acquired by Oracle Corporation, where Bostic worked until 2008.
Bostic is the author of nvi, a re-implementation of the classic text editor vi and many other standard BSD and Linux utilities. He is a past member of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE, and several POSIX working groups, and a contributor to POSIX standards.
- M. McKusick, K. Bostic, M. Karels, J. Quarterman: The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System, Addison-Wesley, April 1996, ISBN 0-201-54979-4. French translation published 1997, International Thomson Publishing, Paris, France, ISBN 2-84180-142-X.
- McIlroy, Peter M.; Bostic, Keith; McIlroy, M. Douglas (Winter 1993). "Engineering Radix Sort" (PDF). Computing Systems. USENIX Association. 6 (1): 5–27.
- McKusick, Marshall Kirk (1999-01-01). "Twenty Years of Berkeley Unix - From AT&T-Owned to Freely Redistributable". In DiBona, Chris; Ockman, Sam; Stone, Mark (eds.). Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution. O'Reilly & Associates. ISBN 978-1-56592-582-3.
- Dale Dougherty (2000-03-24). "Bostic on the BSD Tradition: An interview with BSD veteran Keith Bostic". ONLamp.com: BSD DevCenter. O'Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- "Oracle Buys Sleepycat, Is JBoss Next?". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
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- "Keith Bostic". informit. Retrieved 19 November 2013.