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Thirty more speakers round out main group of speakers at the 2nd annual SouthEast LinuxFest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA - May 16, 2010 - With less than 30 days until the 2010 SouthEast LinuxFest, event organizers are proud to announce the remaining 30 speakers known worldwide for their work in the Linux and free/libre open source software communities. These speakers include:

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Jon "Maddog" Hall

After forty years in the commercial computer industry, thirty years of that with Unix, and using Linux since he met Linus Torvalds in 1994, Maddog has been a programmer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, educator, author and trouble-maker as both a supplier of software and a user of software.

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Wietse Zweitze Venema

Author of the Postfix mail system and the TCP Wrapper, and co-author of the Coroner's Toolkit (TCT) for forensic analysis, the Satan network scanner, and a book on Forensic Discovery. �Wietse is an IBM research staff member. He received awards from the Free Software Foundation, the System Administrator's Guild (SAGE), the Netherlands UNIX User Group (NLUUG), as well as a Sendmail innovation award.

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Russ Woodman "K5TUX"

Senior systems and network administrator with more than 20 total years of experience in BSD UNIX, Solaris, Linux and Cisco networking devices. �Russ is co-founder and co-host of the "Linux in the Ham Shack" podcast as well as an avid audio engineering hobbyist, amateur radio enthusiast and independent music promoter. �He is also a Linux Journal contributor and guest on various well-known Linux- and FOSS-related podcasts.

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Brian Smith

Brian Smith is CTO of DNS.com and a long time FOSS supporter and group organizer in the Louisville, Kentucky area.

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Daniel Chen

Dan Chen is an Ubuntu core developer who has lost many a grey hair on nontrivial portions of his spare time struggling with audio hardware enablement and integration issues across Ubuntu derivatives.

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Andrew "Drew" Jensen

Six year OpenOffice.org (OO.o) community member, �co-Founder OO.o User Services forums and current co-Lead of the Database (Base) QA team. Owner of BaseAnswers.com, offering FOSS

based document automation services. 25+ years experience in commercial software development.

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Pete Graner

Pete Graner is the Kernel & Hardware Enablement manager at Canonical, where he leads the Ubuntu Kernel team and is responsible for the hardware enablement of the x86 & ARM kernels for Ubuntu. Prior to working at Canonical Pete worked at Red Hat as the Base Operating Systems manger. Pete has been developing on Linux since the mid 90's.

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Amber Graner

Amber Graner is an active Ubuntu community member and organizer who encourages everyone around her to participate, support, and learn about Ubuntu and Open Source. With a smile and a sense of humor, Amber reminds people that there is a place for everyone in the Ubuntu community - regardless of technical skill level (or lack thereof). She is constantly looking for people, places, and events within the Ubuntu community that help inspire Ubuntu users to participate actively within the Ubuntu community. A few of the hats Amber wears are blogger and contributor to Ubuntu User Magazine, Ubuntu Women Project Team Leader, Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, North Carolina LoCo Team Lead as well as wife and mom.

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Vincent Batts

A recent addition to the Slackware development team, Vincent is an avid Open Source advocate in both the commercial arena as well as the community.

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Rikki Kite

Rikki Kite is the Associate Publisher of Linux Pro Magazine and Ubuntu User, and she's the former Managing Editor of Sys Admin Magazine and UnixReview.com. Rikki blogs about women in open source at: linuxpromagazine.com/roseblog.

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John Curran

John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009. �He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.

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Keith Bergelt

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant�ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. �Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

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Bryan Smith

Bryan A Smith is a Debian Gnu/Linux and BSD enthusiast, hardware hacker and Systems Engineer. Bryan has used Open Source Operating Systems since the days of Red Hat 5 Hurricane. �He contributes to several Open Source projects and has helped launch several startup ISP's based in his area using Open Source software as a framework. �Bryan is currently the Chief Technical Officer at Tacit Labs Inc and Lead Systems Administrator at Dreamfish.com Global Collaborative. �

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Tara Spalding

CMO at GroundWork Open Source and advisory chairperson at MonitoringForge.org, Tara brings attention to how community based innovation betters IT's lives.

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Matt Ray

Community Manager for the open source network monitoring platform Zenoss, Matt is also one of the founders of the Texas Linux Fest.

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David Mandala

Mobile Team Manager for the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, Canonical employee, has been involved in Linux since 1994 and spends his day helping craft the Ubuntu Linux distribution releases for ARM. He has been working in the embedded space for more then 30 years starting as a hardware engineer and software developer.

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Brandon Checketts

Has worked for several web hosting companies and has worked do develop, improve, and maintain hundreds of LAMP-based websites and applications.

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Ian Weller

"Wiki Czar" of the Fedora Project, community statistics organizer, Red Hat intern and recent high school graduate, Ian is productively lost on a daily basis.

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Celeste Lyn Paul

Celeste Lyn Paul is a designer, researcher, and computer geek, although not always in that order. She is an open source design advocate who aims at improving the quality of FLOSS software by education developers about design and working with them on design challenges in their projects. She is involved in the greater FLOSS Human-Computer Interaction community, helps lead the KDE Usability Project, and serves on the KDE e.V. Board of Directors. More information about her may be found at www.celestelynpaul.com.

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Steven Dake

Steven Dake has been involved in Open Source Linux for over 12 years professionally. �Steven Dake was involved in the creation of the industry first Carrier Grade Linux software solution at MontaVista Software. �While working at MontaVista Software, Mr. Dake initiated the openais project which has been used in thousands of designs worldwide for high availability since 2002. �In 2008, Mr. Dake founded the Corosync Cluster Engine project to radically improve the performance and quality based upon real-world experiences of the openais project. �He maintains this project full time with a small group of other high availability experts in the open source community.

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Joshua Drake

I am Joshua D. Drake. Commonly referred to as JD in the community. I am a Major PostgreSQL.Org Contributor, President of United States PostgreSQL and a Director for SPI, the non-profit behind Debian, OpenOffice and PostgreSQL.Org.

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Jay Pfaffman

Assistant Professor of instructional technology at the University of Tennessee. Developer of Webliographer, an open source, and very early social bookmarking application.

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Andrew Dunstan

Andrew Dunstan has been a contributor to PostgreSQL since 2003 and a committer since 2005. He created the PotsgreSQL Buildfarm, and has contributed many features to PostgreSQL, including CSV import and export, and dollar quoting. He also contributed the abstract schema mechanism that is used in Bugzilla to support multiple database backends. In 2007 he founded Dunslane Consulting LLC, which specializes in PostgreSQL work, and in 2009 he founded PostgreSQL Experts Inc, of which he is a director, along with a number of other PostgreSQL luminaries. Andrew has worked in IT, mainly on Linux and Unix platforms, for 25 years.

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Scott Boss

Senior Storage Engineer at a Fortune 500 Financial company. �Active speaker in the Atlanta open source community. �And overall just a big geek.

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Montario Fletcher

Montario Fletcher is currently a Mathematics teacher who helps make computing more accessible to high school students with Linux. �He has a a B.A. in Computer Science from Mercer University and a Master of Information Systems degree from University of Phoenix. �He is also pursuing a Ph.D in Educational Technology from Walden University. �He hopes to provide freedom from school systems that cannot budget for proprietary software by showing them open source alternatives.

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Nick Owen

Nick is the CEO & Co-founder of WiKID Systems, a dual-source two-factor authentication system. �Nick has written about and spoken on the virtues of getting rid of static passwords since he was 3.

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Doug Vann

Doug Vann has been called the Johnny Appleseed of Drupal. When he's not developing feature rich web applications in Drupal, he is traveling the globe training others to do the same.

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James Schweitzer

James Schweitzer is an IT Specialist at IBM who has the privilege of deploying Linux and other Open Source solutions. �He has performed large scale deployments in retail, education, medical, financial and entertainment fields.

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Steven Edwards

Currently Systems Engineer at Windstream on the Systems Architecture Team. � Former Senior Technical Support Engineer and later Software Quality Assurance Engineer at CodeWeavers, Inc. � �Developer and unofficial Project Liaison for the Wine and ReactOS projects

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Phillip Pfeiffer

Professor and associate graduate coordinator for East Tennessee State University's department of computer and information sciences, and principal architect of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Resource Allocation and Tracking System (RATS) for cross-CCS supercomputer usage tracking.


The Southeast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference, and part social gathering. Like Linux itself, it is shared with attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips and ideas, and to benefit all who use Linux/Free and Open Source Software. LinuxFest is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun! Register today at southeastlinuxfest.org

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