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
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.
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. ï¿½Wietse 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.
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. ï¿½Russ 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. ï¿½He is also a
Linux Journal contributor and guest on various well-known Linux-
and FOSS-related podcasts.
Brian Smith is CTO of DNS.com and a long time FOSS
supporter and group organizer in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
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.
Andrew "Drew" Jensen
Six year OpenOffice.org (OO.o) community member,
ï¿½co-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ï¿½He 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.
Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open
Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables
innovation in open source and an increasingly
vibrantï¿½ecosystem around Linux. In this
capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and
defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem.
ï¿½Central 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.
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. ï¿½He 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.
ï¿½Bryan is currently the Chief Technical
Officer at Tacit Labs Inc and Lead Systems Administrator at
Dreamfish.com Global Collaborative. ï¿½
CMO at GroundWork Open Source and advisory
chairperson at MonitoringForge.org, Tara brings attention to how
community based innovation betters IT's lives.
Community Manager for the open source network
monitoring platform Zenoss, Matt is also one of the founders of the
Texas Linux Fest.
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
Has worked for several web hosting companies and has
worked do develop, improve, and maintain hundreds of LAMP-based
websites and applications.
"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.
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
Steven Dake has been involved in
Open Source Linux for over 12 years professionally.
ï¿½Steven Dake was involved in the creation of
the industry first Carrier Grade Linux software solution at
MontaVista Software. ï¿½While working at
MontaVista Software, Mr. Dake initiated the openais project which
has been used in thousands of designs worldwide for high
availability since 2002. ï¿½In 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. ï¿½He maintains this
project full time with a small group of other high availability
experts in the open source community.
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
Assistant Professor of instructional
technology at the University of Tennessee. Developer of
Webliographer, an open source, and very early social bookmarking
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
Senior Storage Engineer at a Fortune
500 Financial company. ï¿½Active speaker in the
Atlanta open source community. ï¿½And overall
just a big geek.
Montario Fletcher is currently a
Mathematics teacher who helps make computing more accessible to
high school students with Linux. ï¿½He has a a
B.A. in Computer Science from Mercer University and a Master of
Information Systems degree from University of Phoenix.
ï¿½He is also pursuing a Ph.D in Educational
Technology from Walden University. ï¿½He hopes
to provide freedom from school systems that cannot budget for
proprietary software by showing them open source
Nick is the CEO & Co-founder of
WiKID Systems, a dual-source two-factor authentication system.
ï¿½Nick has written about and spoken on the
virtues of getting rid of static passwords since he was
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.
James Schweitzer is an IT Specialist
at IBM who has the privilege of deploying Linux and other Open
Source solutions. ï¿½He has performed large
scale deployments in retail, education, medical, financial and
Currently Systems Engineer at
Windstream on the Systems Architecture Team. ï¿½
Former Senior Technical Support Engineer and later Software Quality
Assurance Engineer at CodeWeavers, Inc. ï¿½
ï¿½Developer and unofficial Project Liaison for
the Wine and ReactOS projects
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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