Talk:Theodore Ts'o

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Ted Ts'o's Chinese or Korean name?[edit]

Is Ted Ts'o's Chinese name "曹子德"? In many years ago, I'v read an article in "凌客誌"(Chinese edition of Linux Journal), that interview to Ted Ts'o. The article translate Ted Ts'o as "曹子德". But I cannot find "曹子德" in Google. -- 13:55, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Why can't I see the lettering? --Crud3w4re 04:13, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
Fonts not installed maybe? --Gwern (contribs) 05:01 17 December 2006 (GMT)
Yes, it is indeed "曹子德". And it's a Chinese name, not Korean. Both my father and my mother came from Hong Kong (my dad came to Stanford to get a Ph.D. in Psychopharmacology), and my grandfather on my father's side was the first Chinese rector of St. Paul's church in Hong Kong. Ted 02:26, 1 October 2007 (UTC)


Category:Linux kernel hackers is a sub-category of Category:Free software programmers which is a sub-category of Category:Computer programmers. This makes sense. So as Theodore Ts'o is among others a Linux kernel hacker he should not be listed in the other categories above as well IMHO. --mms 23:22, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Request to update[edit]

Probably better for me not to update my own Wikipedia article, but someone might want to add information about my new role at the linux foundation. Ted (talk) 19:24, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

updated. btw, the WP guidelines currently ask that people don't edit their own bio articles. Lentower (talk) 20:34, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Free Standards Group merged with the OSDL to form the Linux Foundation[edit]

The article currently states am I currently serving as chair of the Free Standards Group. The FSG has merged with the OSDL to form the Linux Foundation, and so it would be more accurately to say that I was chair of the FSG until its merger with OSDL to form the Linux Foundation in January, 2007. Citations:

Ted (talk) 16:45, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

Real-Time Linux[edit]

In 2006 and 2007, I led the Real-Time Linux team at IBM. Information about that can be found here:

Ted (talk) 16:45, 25 December 2008 (UTC)


E2fsprogs is the userspace utilities for ext2, ext3, *and* ext4; note also I am the maintainer for ext4. Sources for that can be found in the MAINTAINERS file in the Linux sources. I have also spoken about ext4 most recently at the Ubuntu Developer's Summit in December, 2008; the video for my plenary presentation on ext4 hasn't been made available yet. I will also be giving an ext4 talk at FOSDEM in February 2009.Ted (talk) 16:45, 25 December 2008 (UTC)


As of June, 2008, I am no longer Treasurer of Usenix, and am no longer serving on the board of Usenix. (I served from 2004-2008). Also, starting in 2008, the Linux Kernel Summit (which I founded and have organized since 2001; see the Wikipedia article Linux Kernel Developers Summit) has its logistical support provided by the Linux Foundation instead of Usenix.Ted (talk) 16:45, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

EXT4 Controversy[edit]

It's not clear why Ted's statements were controversial. Who disagrees with them, and why? --ESP (talk) 02:48, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Created /dev/random, standard kernel/user API for cryptographic random numbers[edit]

Ted also created "/dev/random" ([1]) and the corresponding kernel driver. This was Linux's (and Unix's) first standard interface that allowed user programs to receive high quality random numbers suitable for cryptography (e.g. key generation), with or without a hardware random number generator. Since its creation, /dev/random and /dev/urandom have become standard interfaces on Unix, Linux, BSD and MacOS systems, depended upon by many notable programs and facilities such as Pretty Good Privacy, GNU Privacy Guard, Globally unique identifiers, IPsec, and Filesystem-level encryption.

(Editing note: ordinary wikilinks to left-bracket left-bracket /dev/random right-bracket right-bracket don't always link to the page, due to some oddity in talk-page referencing. See the first link in this section for an example of this oddity. Nevertheless, the page exists, see the second link!)

In February 2009 I added a short note to Ted's article about /dev/random; it was reverted the following day for "lack of notability". Oddly, /dev/random itself had already had a substantial Wikipedia page since 2004, which I had linked to. The /dev/random page was edited by Emir Habul in April 2009 to add the fact and date of Ted's creation of it. If history has shown that /dev/random is indeed notable, please add this information back into Ted's page. Gnuish (talk) 21:08, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

  • After three weeks of silence on the topic, I made the change to the page myself.Gnuish (talk) 20:26, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Citation needed for /dev/random being widely-used? -- is someone mental? 16 million hits for /dev/random just on . — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:19, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Wrong General[edit]

I'm not releated (as far as I know) to Zuǒ Zōngtáng. The chinese characters aren't the same, although it has the same Wade-Giles. The famous general that I might be distantly related to (at least we have the same clan name) is Cao Cao. See [2] for more details about the Ts'o family history. Ted (talk) 22:17, 17 November 2011 (UTC)


Ted wrote this software as far as I understand, perhaps we could make some mention of it as something he did. He maintains it in Debian — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:04, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

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