in alphabetically order, [with references]:
H. Peter Anvin is the author of the SYSLINUX boot loader, maintainer of the linux.* news hierarchy and the Linux Device List; he has also contributed various kernel hacks. A native of Sweden, he now lives in San Jose, California, USA. He has a homepage at http://www.zytor.com/~hpa/.
Werner Almesberger works at the Computer Science department at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the author of the LILO loader and has contributed to the Linux kernel with the dosfs and fd drivers.
An employee of NASA, Donald Becker has worked mostly on the low-level networking for Linux, and is the author of most of the Ethernet drivers and the original NFS server for Linux. Donald Becker lives in Maryland, USA.
Andries E. Brouwer is a professor of mathematics at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He has contributed numerous patches of code for the mount and fdisk utilities and for the keyboard and display drivers to the Linux kernel. He is also the author of the Linux Keyboard and Console HOWTO, the editor and maintainer of the sections 2-5, 7 and 9 of the Linux Reference Manual, and the maintainer of the util-linux package. He has a homepage at http://www.win.tue.nl/math/dw/pp/aeb/.
Working at the Institut Blaise Pascal in Paris, France, Rémy Card has designed and developed both the original and the second extended filesystem. He is the coauthor of the book "Programmation Linux 2.0 API systeme et fonctionnement du noyau", which has been translated into English and Spanish.
Alan Cox (AC) supervises the 2.0.34/35/36 kernel releases, works on the Mac68K port, the SGI port, 2.0 networking, modular sound, video capture and helps collect up and sort patches to the kernel. He gets to do all this and sleep because the nice guys at Red Hat pay him to hack Linux. [The linux-kernel mailing list FAQ; http://www.tux.org/lkml/]
Matthias Kalle used to work for Star Division, where he was responsible for porting the office suite Star Office to Linux. He contributes to the KDE project and works as a writer and translator.
Drew Eckhardt contributed most of the SCSI code in Linux kernel. Drew lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and maintains a home page at http://www.poohsticks.org/.
Matthias Ettrich wrote LyX, the frontend for LaTeX typesetting system, and started the KDE project, aiming to provide a consistent desktop for Linux platform. A native of Germany, he now lives in Oslo, Norway and maintains his home page at http://ettrich.priv.no/.
Jacques Gélinas is the author of the UMSDOS filesystem and the UMSDOS HOWTO. Jacques lives in Québec, Canada.
Paul Gortmaker is the author of the Real Time Clock driver and a contributor of various, mostly Ethernet-related code. Paul is also the author of the Boot Prompt HOWTO and the Ethernet HOWTO. Paul lives in Canberra, Australia.
Jon ``maddog'' Hall is Senior Leader of Digital UNIX Base Product Marketing, Digital Equipment Corporation. He is President of Linux International. [Linux Gazette; http://www.ssc.com/lg/issue28/lg_backpage28.html - 28.5.98]
Jon has been in the computer industry for over a quarter century, 17 years of that with UNIX. He has been a software engineer, systems administrator, product manager, marketing manager and professional educator. Currently working for Digital Equipment Corporation in the Digital UNIX Marketing group, he previously worked for Bell Laboratories. Before that he was Department Head of Computer Science at Hartford State Technical College, where his students lovingly (he hopes) gave him the nickname maddog. Maddog as he perfers to be called, has an MS in Computer Science from RPI (1977) and a BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1973). [Linux International? http://www.iinet.net.au/~pdcruze/About/Who/People/hall.html - 14.11.97]
A graduate student at the College of Computing at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA, Greg Hankins is the maintainer of the Linux Documentation Project and the founding member of the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts user group. He used to be the editor od the HOWTO series and the maintainer of the Serial HOWTO. Greg has a homepage at http://www.cc.gatech.edu/staff/h/Greg.Hankins/.
Miguel is one of the GNU Midnight Commander authors as well as a developer of GNOME. He also worked on the Linux/SPARC kernel port. [Linux Gazette; http://www.ssc.com/lg/issue35/lg_backpage35.html]
Michael K. Johnson is the operating system developer for the Red Hat Software, the biggest Linux distribution house. He is the author of the proc filesystem. He helped founding the Linux Documentation Project and is the author of Kernel Hacker's Guide. In 1998, he coauthored (with Erik W. Troan) the "Linux Application Development" book, published by Addison-Wesley and translated into German and Japanese. Michael has a home page at http://www.redhat.com/~johnsonm/.
Dr. A.V. LeBlanc from the Manchester Computing Centre, UK, is the author of the fdisk program, and was the creator of the MCC Interim Linux, one of the first Linux distributions around.
H.J. Lu maintained the old Linux libc library and is still one maintainer of the new GNU libc version, which is also called glibc2, and the Linux version of gcc, the GNU C compiler. You can find his homepage at http://ocean.lucon.org/people/hjl/.
David Miller (DSM) is mainly known for the porting work he has done, primarily for the 32-bit and 64-bit Sparc platforms although he has made significant contributions to the MIPS effort as well. He is also the current maintainer of the IP networking layer in the kernel and likes to address general performance and scalability problems all over as his time permits. [The linux-kernel mailing list FAQ; http://www.tux.org/lkml/]
Bruce Perens succeeded Ian Murdock as the leader of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, the most successful non-commercial Linux distribution, which he gave over to Ian Jackson in early 1998. An avid open-source activist, he initiated the efforts to create Software in the Public Interest, Inc., and wrote the first draft for the Open Source Definition.
Eric S. Raymond wrote the VC (version control), GUD (Grand Unified Debugger) and asm (assembler) modes in GNU Emacs. He's also responsible for a lot of the header comments in the Emacs Lisp library. He wrote the pic documentation released with groff-1.11. [GNU's Who; http://www.gnu.ai.mit.edu/people/people.html] You can find more of his writings, including his paper ``The Cathedral and the Bazaar'', at http://www.ccil.org/~esr/. [Linux Gazette; http://www.ssc.com/lg/issue31/lg_backpage31.html]
Richard Stallman founded the GNU project in 1984. He is the principal or initial author of GNU Emacs, the GNU C Compiler, the GNU Debugger GDB and parts of other packages. He is the President of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and maintains GNU Emacs. [GNU's Who; http://www.gnu.ai.mit.edu/people/people.html]
Stallman received the Grace Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for 1991 for his development of the first Emacs editor in the 1970s. In 1990 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and in 1996 an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 1998 he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award along with Linus Torvalds. [The linux-kernel mailing list FAQ; http://www.tux.org/lkml/]
Linus Torvalds started 1991 porting the Minix operating system to the PC architecture. The first Linux version v0.01 was not even functional and had to be compiled on another machine. Today about 10,000 people work on the Linux kernel which has already reached version 2.2.3, but Linus is still the person who decides which piece of code makes it into the kernel.
In 1998 Linus received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award along with Richard M. Stallman.
Andrew Tridgell is the principal author and maintainer of Samba, the free SMB/CIFS server for Unices and other non-Microsoft systems. He has also contributed to the dosemu, the MS-DOS emulator for Linux. Andrew lives in Canberra, Australia, and maintains a home page at http://www.samba.org/~tridge/.
Stephen C. Tweedie helped develop the second extended filefystem and contributed many other parts of code for filesystems. A native of UK.
Mostly known as the author of the Slackware distribution, he has also contributed to the SVGA library and various other projects. Partick resides in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.
Larry Wall is the author of several free programs. Among them are the rn newsreader, and patch, used for applying diff files to original sources. However, he is best known for Perl scripting language, used throughout the Internet for CGI scripts. He is also the author or co-author of several books on Perl. Larry has a homepage at http://www.wall.org/~larry/.
Matt D. Welsh helped to found the Linux Documentation Project. He is also the author of the Running Linux and Installation and Getting Started guide, and the Linuxdoc SGML (now SGMLtools) documentation system.
Lars Wirzenius has worked on Linux documentation, including the Linux System Administrator's Guide. He is also the (co)moderator of the comp.os.linux.announce newsgroup. Lars lives in Helsinki, Finland.
Eric Youngdale contributed to the SCSI and ISO9660 drivers in the Linux kernel. Eric lives in Virginia, USA.Contributors: Primoz Peterlin, Ingo Saitz, James Youngman.