Hans Reiser

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Hans Reiser

Name: Hans Thomas Reiser

Born: December 19, 1963, in Oakland, California, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American entrepreneur, computer programmer and convicted murderer.
  • Known for creating ReiserFS computer file system and it's attempted successor Reiser4, which is contained within the Linux kernel.
  • Founder of Namesys, a corporation meant to coordinate the development ReiserFS and Reiser4.
  • Convicted of the first degree murder of his wife (2008).

Honors and awards

  • One of the founding members of the Open Computing Facility at UC Berkeley.


"You're about to experience chaos."
[before farting in a police officer's face, while being photographed nude after his arrest]