Thomas Bushnell

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Thomas Bushnell, BSG
Born (1967-12-13) December 13, 1967 (age 51)
NationalityUnited States
Other namesformerly Michael Bushnell
EducationPhD in Philosophy, University of California, Irvine.
Known forGNU Hurd
Websitethomas bsg

Thomas Bushnell, BSG, formerly known as Michael Bushnell (born December 13, 1967), is a software developer and Gregorian friar.[1][2] He was the founder[3] and principal architect of GNU's official kernel project, GNU Hurd.[4] 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.[5] Stallman said the dismissal was because Bushnell had been inactive since 2001 and wasn't responding to mail.[6]

Bushnell currently maintains Debian packages[7][8] and is employed by Google LLC.[9] He is a member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA.[2]


  1. ^ Thomas, Gavin. "Whatever happened to the Hurd? – The story of the GNU OS". Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Brothers". The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Talk about the Hurd by Marcus Brinkmann
  4. ^ GNU's bulletin, vol. 1 No. 12
  5. ^ Thomas Bushnell is no longer Hurd maintainer,, November 13, 2003
  6. ^ Answer to an audience question after Richard Stallman's speech at FOSDEM, February 2004.
  7. ^ List of Debian Developers
  8. ^ "Debian Quality Assurance".
  9. ^ Thomas Bushnell's Google+ page

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