Keith Bostic

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Keith Bostic
Born (1959-07-26) July 26, 1959 (age 56)
Residence Massachusetts[1]
Employer UC Berkeley CSRG; later, (until Feb. 2008), Sleepycat Software / Oracle Corporation
Known for nvi, FLOSS version of BSD UNIX

Keith Bostic (born July 26, 1959) is a computer programmer from the United States.

In 1986, Bostic joined the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California, Berkeley.[2] He was one of the principal architects of the Berkeley 4.4BSD and 4.4BSD-Lite releases.[3] 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.

Bostic was also one of the founders of Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDi),[3] which produced BSD/OS, a proprietary version of BSD.

He and wife Margo Seltzer founded Sleepycat Software in 1996 to develop and support Berkeley DB, an open source database. In February 2006, the company was acquired by Oracle Corporation, where Bostic worked until February 2008.

Bostic is the author of nvi, a re-implementation of the classic text editor vi. He also is a member of the ACM, IEEE and several POSIX working groups.[1]

Most recently Bostic has started WiredTiger, where they are rethinking data management for modern hardware with a focus on multi-core scalability and maximizing the value of every byte of RAM.


  • 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.
  • Peter McIlroy, Keith Bostic, Doug McIlroy: Engineering Radix Sort, Computing Systems, Vol. 6, No. 1, Winter 1993


  1. ^ a b "Keith Bostic". informit. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Chris DiBona, Mark Stone, Sam Ockman, Open Source (Organization), Brian Behlendorf and Scott Bradner (1999-01-01). "Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution". O'Reilly & Associates. ISBN 978-1-56592-582-3.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b Dale Dougherty (2000-03-24). "Bostic on the BSD Tradition: An interview with BSD veteran Keith Bostic". BSD DevCenter. O'Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 

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