Rusty Russell

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Rusty Russell
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Rusty Russell at in January 2011
Born Paul Russell
(1973-01-18) 18 January 1973 (age 44)
London, UK
Nationality Australian
Occupation Computer programmer
Employer Blockstream[1]
Known for Linux kernel development, Free Software advocacy

Rusty Russell is an Australian free software programmer and advocate, known for his work on the Linux kernel's networking subsystem and the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.

Software development[edit]

Russell wrote the packet filtering systems ipchains and netfilter/iptables in the Linux operating system kernel.[2] Linus Torvalds referred to him as one of his "top deputies" in 2003.[3] In 2002, Russell announced the creation of the Trivial Patch Monkey, an email address for kernel hackers to submit trivial patches such as spelling errors, one-liners, documentation tweaks and other minor amendments to the code base. Adrian Bunk took over the role in 2005. In 2006[4] Russell started work as the major developer of the "lguest" virtualisation system in the Linux Kernel.[5] In October 2009, he was officially given a SAMBA Team T-shirt welcoming him to the Samba Team.[6] In 2014 he started pettycoin, a cryptocurrency project.[7][8]

Australian Free Software community[edit]

An interview with Russell at 2014.

Russell conceived and conducted the Conference of Australian Linux Users at Monash University in 1999, the forerunner of the annual conference series.

Russell is intellectual property advisor to Linux Australia and is active in advocating against and critiquing intellectual property elements of the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States.[9] He was also a member of the Linux Australia committee in 2004.[10]

Russell was the recipient of the inaugural (and eponymous) Rusty Wrench award for service to the free software community at 2005.[11]



  1. ^ "OzLabs". Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  2. ^ Jeremy Andrews (2003-09-23). "Interview: Rusty Russell". KernelTrap. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  3. ^ Stephen Shankland (2003-07-08). "Torvalds: What, me worry?". Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ Paul 'Rusty' Russell. "lguest patches repository". Ozlabs. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Corbet (2007-02-02). "lguest: Spartan virtualization for Linux". IDG Communications. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  6. ^ Paul 'Rusty' Russell. "SAMBA Coding and a Little Kernel". Ozlabs. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  7. ^ "rustyrussell/pettycoin". GitHub. 
  8. ^ " - losing tiny amounts of money at scale". 
  9. ^ Chris Duckett (2007-01-31). "Talking IP with Kimberlee Weatherall and Rusty Russell". Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Linux Australia Committee". Linux Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Linux Australia Awards". Linux Australia. Archived from the original on 2006-08-20. 

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