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Brian Fox

Brian J. Fox, Santa Barbara, CA 2008
Born December 11, 1959 (1959-12-11) (age 50)
Boston, Massachusetts
Residence Santa Barbara, CA
Nationality American
Other names bfox
Occupation Technologist, author
Employer The Okori Group

Brian J. Fox (born 1959) is a computer programmer, entrepreneur, consultant, author, and free software advocate. In 1987, he authored the GNU Bash shell, a common Unix operating system interface.

Fox maintained Bash as the primary maintainer until 1993[citation needed], at which point Chet Ramey took over.

Free Software Foundation (FSF)

In 1985 Fox worked with Richard Stallman at Stallman's newly created Free Software Foundation.[1] At the FSF, Fox authored GNU Bash [2], GNU Makeinfo, GNU Info, GNU Finger, and the readline [3] and history libraries.

He was also the maintainer of Emacs for a time, and made many contributions to the software that was created for the GNU Project between 1986 and 1994[citation needed].

Other works

Fox is also the author of:

  • Wells Fargo Online Banking, 1995 [4]
  • The BuddyCast peer-to-peer streaming media protocol (with Mel Beckman and Denison Bollay)[citation needed]
  • Meta-HTML[citation needed]
  • The Apple //e version of the Terrapin Logo Language[citation needed]
  • The version of the Emacs text editor for the Apple ][ family of computers called Amacs[citation needed]

References/External Links

  1. ^
  2. ^ The GNU Bash Reference Manual, (HTML version) by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox, ISBN 0-9541617-7-7
  3. ^ The GNU Readline Page, by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox
  4. ^


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