Michael Kerrisk

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Michael Kerrisk
NationalityNew Zealander
EducationBSc (hons) Computer Science, BA Psychology, University of Canterbury
Occupation(s)Author and Programmer
Known forThe Linux Programming Interface, Linux man-pages project

Michael Kerrisk is a technical author, programmer and, since 2004, maintainer of the Linux man-pages project,[1] succeeding Andries Brouwer.[2] He was born in 1961 in New Zealand and lives in Munich, Germany.

Kerrisk has worked for Digital Equipment, Google, The Linux Foundation[3] and, as an editor and writer, for LWN.net.[4] Currently, he works as a freelance consultant and trainer.

He is best known for his book The Linux Programming Interface,[5] published by No Starch Press[6] in 2010. This book is widely regarded[7] as the definitive work on Linux system programming and has been translated into several languages.[8]

As the maintainer of the Linux man-pages project, Kerrisk has authored or co-authored about a third of the man pages and worked on improving the project's infrastructure. For his contributions he received a Special Award of the 2016 New Zealand Open Source Awards.[9]


  1. ^ "The Linux man-pages project". kernel.org. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  2. ^ "Maintaining Linux man-pages". kernel.org. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  3. ^ "Michael Kerrisk - O'Reilly Media". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  4. ^ "A goodbye note from Michael Kerrisk". LWN.net. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  5. ^ "The Linux Programming Interface". man7.org. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  6. ^ Kerrisk, Michael (2010). The Linux Programming Interface (1 ed.). No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1-59327-220-3.
  7. ^ Kerrisk, Michael (October 2010). Amazon's Readers Review. No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1593272203.
  8. ^ "Translations of 'The Linux Programming Interface'". man7.org. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  9. ^ "Winners of the 2016 New Zealand Open Source Awards Announced". Retrieved 2016-11-12.