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Keith Packard

Keith Packard at OLS 2004
Born April 16, 1963 (1963-04-16) (age 46)
Education BA in mathematics
Occupation Programmer
Employer Intel Corporation
Known for Programming
Board member of X.Org Foundation

Keith Packard (born April 16, 1963) is a software developer, best known for his work on the X Window System.

Packard is responsible for many X extensions and technical papers on X. He has been heavily involved in the development of X since the late 1980s as a member of the MIT X Consortium, XFree86 and the X.Org Foundation.


Packard gained a BA in mathematics from Reed College, Oregon in 1986. He worked at Tektronix, Inc. in Wilsonville, Oregon designing X terminals and Unix workstations from 1983 until 1988.

He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology X Consortium from 1988 to 1992, developing the X Window System reference implementation and standards as the senior member of a small team. He was responsible for X releases at this time.

In 1992 he moved to Portland, Oregon to work for Network Computing Devices on X terminals and computer graphics.

From 1999 he worked for SuSE from his home in Portland, Oregon on the XFree86 implementation of X.

He worked at the Cambridge Research Labs of Compaq (and then Hewlett-Packard) from 2001 until 2005 when the lab closed down.

After being expelled from XFree86 after disagreements (which led to the formation of the successful X.Org Server fork), he is now project lead on the project, the official reference implementation of the X Window System.

Packard became a Debian Developer in 2004, maintaining fontconfig (as well as being the upstream maintainer) and other packages.

Packard began working for Intel in August 2006.

Software Packard has worked on

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