|Andrew Keith Paul Morton|
Andrew Morton speaking at Interop, Moscow, 2008
|Known for||-mm tree|
|Children||Victoria Morton, Michael Morton, Matthew Morton|
|Parents||Prof. David Morton (deceased)|
Andrew Keith Paul Morton (born 1959 in England) is an Australian software engineer, best known as one of the lead developers of the Linux kernel. He is currently a co-maintainer of the Ext3 file system and the journalling layer for block devices (JBD).
In the late 1980s, he was one of the partners of a company in Sydney, Australia that produced a kit computer called the Applix 1616, as well as a hardware engineer for the (now-defunct) Australian gaming equipment manufacturer Keno Computer Systems. He holds an honours degree in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Morton used to maintain a Linux kernel patchset known as the mm tree, which contained not yet sufficiently tested patches that might later be accepted into the official Linux tree maintained by Linus Torvalds.
In July 2003, Morton joined the Open Source Development Labs under an agreement with his then-employer Digeo Inc. (makers of the Moxi home entertainment media center), in which OSDL supported Morton's Linux kernel development work while he continued in his official role as principal engineer at Digeo .
Andrew is also known by his username akpm, as found in e-mail addresses and as part of the URL to his webpage. On being asked what the initials KP stood for, he replied, "Some say 'Kernel Programmer.' My parents said 'Keith Paul.'"