Keith Packard

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


Packard completed his studies in mathematics in 1986. He worked at Tektronix and designed there X terminals and Unix workstations from 1983 until 1988.

In 1988, he moved to Cambridge (Massachusetts ), where he worked at MIT in the X Consortium until 1992. He developed the X Window reference implementation, standardization developed and was responsible for the version releases at this time.

From 1999 he was employed by SuSE and worked from Portland to the XFree86 implementation of the X Window System.

From 2001 he worked in the research laboratories for Compaq (now Hewlett -Packard) in Cambridge. In 2003 he was expelled from the core team of the XFree86 project.

Since early 2004, Keith Packard is heavily involved in the development of the X.Org server that has the XFree86 server to spread now obsolete. He now works at Intel.