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Marshall Kirk McKusick
(? - living) U.S.A.

Kirk McKusick

Computer scientist


Marshall, UNIX guru, and gay geek, is also a writer, teacher and consultant on UNIX (a computer operating system) and on BSD, the version of UNIX first developed at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976.

DaemonHe was the Research Computer Scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and 4.4BSD; past president of the Usenix Association; the copyright holder and creator of the BSD Daemon TM image (pictured left; in UNIX, daemons are process that run in the background attending to various tasks without human intervention).

Marshall has hooked up his wine cellar to be accessible from the Internet via telnet. He lives with Eric Allman, his domestic partner of 20-and-some-odd years. It is difficult for gay males to have their own kids - their four sons are: Daniel Bassak (1964), Ben Cottrell (1980), Glyn Collinson (1983), and Tyson Henning (1989).


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