Thomas Bushnell

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Thomas Bushnell, BSG
Born (1967-12-13) December 13, 1967 (age 48)
Nationality United States
Other names formerly Michael Bushnell
Known for GNU Hurd
Website thomas bsg

Thomas Bushnell, BSG, formerly known as Michael Bushnell (born 1967), is a software developer and Gregorian friar. He was the founder[1] and principal architect of GNU's official kernel project, GNU Hurd.[2] Bushnell was also Hurd's official maintainer from its instigation until November 2003, when he posted to the GNU project's discussion mailing list saying that he had been dismissed by Richard Stallman for criticizing the GNU Free Documentation License.[3] Stallman said the dismissal was because Bushnell had been inactive since 2001 and wasn't responding to mail.[4]

Bushnell remains active in free software, maintaining several Debian packages[5] and is employed by Google, Inc.[6]


  1. ^ Talk about the Hurd by Marcus Brinkmann
  2. ^ GNU's bulletin, vol. 1 No. 12
  3. ^ Thomas Bushnell is no longer Hurd maintainer,, November 13, 2003
  4. ^ Answer to an audience question after Richard Stallman's speech at FOSDEM, February 2004.
  5. ^ List of Debian Developers
  6. ^ Thomas Bushnell's Google+ page

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