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Speakers

Ubuntu Live speakers will provide a comprehensive education experience for all attendees. New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Ubuntu Live program.

Carl Albing

Sr. S/W Eng./Commands and Tools, Cray, Inc.

Carl Albing writes software for some of the biggest and fastest computers in the world. A software engineer for Cray, Inc. and an independent consultant, he is comfortable with C, Java, bash and much more. Carl has coauthored two books, one on Java development on Linux and his latest is the O'Reilly "bash Cookbook". His education includes graduate work in Computer Science as well as a degree in Mathematics and an International MBA. He has spoken at conferences and training seminars in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Paul Alexander

Faculty, California State University, Monterey Bay

Paul Alexander is currently teaching at California State University, Monterey Bay where he introduces students to computing and the social sciences. He was born and raised in Silicon Valley and his interest in FOSS started when he tried to install Linux on an old 286 12 years ago. Since then, Paul has implemented innovative tech solutions and evangelized FOSS in all of his work environments. He makes extensive use of FOSS in all aspects of his work as a professor, from Ubuntu to Drupal to OpenOffice.org.

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Steve Alexander

Launchpad Project Manager, Canonical Ltd

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Mike Anderson

Chief Scientist, The PTR Group, Inc.

Mike Anderson Mike Anderson is chief scientist for The PTR Group, Inc. His background encompasses over 25 years of computer experience ranging from supercomputers to embedded 8-bit microprocessors. He is a former chairman of the VxWorks User's Group and has authored several courses and magazine articles designed to teach real-time and embedded systems programming. Anderson holds a BA in mathematics from the University of South Florida and an MSCS from George Mason University.

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Matt Asay

VP, Business Development, Alfresco Software

Matt Asay Matt Asay is VP of Business Development for Alfresco. Prior to Alfresco Asay co-founded Novell's Linux Business Office, founded the Open Source Business Conference, and ran embedded Linux vendor Lineo's Network & Communications division.

Asay earned a JD from Stanford Law School, where he spent two of his three years studying open source licensing under Professor Lawrence Lessig. Matt blogs for InfoWorld and for CNET.

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Jono Bacon

Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon works for Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager and helps to grow, optimise, encourage and expand the global Ubuntu community. In addition to this, he is a lead developer on Jokosher, the co-founder of LUGRadio and has founded and worked on a number of previous projects such as KDE, KDE::Enterprise, the Infopoint project, KDE Usability Study and more.

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Jeff Bailey

Support & Service Manager, Canonical

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Amit Bhutani

Dell

Amit Bhutani Amit Bhutani (amit_bhutani@dell.com) is a Sr. Linux Software Engineer at Dell. He has been leading Red Hat and Novell’s Enterprise Linux efforts at Dell since early 2004. His most notable accomplishments include launching the first ever Intel 32/64 bit enabled Linux OS i.e. RHEL3 Update 2 as well as launching RHEL4, RHEL5 and assisting with the launch of SLES10 across the line of Dell PowerEdge and SC branded servers.

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Maria Bonnefon

OEM Program Manager WW, Canonical Ltd.

Maria Bonnefon leads the OEM Program Worldwide for Canonical. She has over 13 years IT international experience working for Multi-National Corporations holding various positions in business development and marketing areas in both software and hardware, including small size peripheral manufacturers Iomega and Archos. She holds a dual degree - Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University, US and a Masters in Management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse, France. Venezuelan born, she is dedicated to helping bridge the digital divide in developing nations.

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Simone Brunozzi

IT Engineer, Italy,

Simone Brunozzi Born in Italy in 1977, graduated in Computer Science with best marks at the University of Perugia (IT), he moved in Trento (IT), and in Irvine, California (US), for further studies. Professor for two years, he founded an IT company called Wedoit, estabilished in 2001. He is an Ubuntu passionate since the beginning. He actually works at the University for Foreigners in Perugia as an IT professionist.

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Kevin Carmony

President and CEO, Linspire

Kevin Carmony Kevin Carmony is President and CEO for Linspire where he's served from the company's inception in July 2001. Prior to joining Linspire, Carmony served as CEO of NewVox Records and CEO of TrueVerse Management. He also was CEO/founder of NewQuest Technologies until its acquisition by Franklin Covey (NYSE:FC - www.franklincovey.com) where he served as Vice President of Technology until 1994. Previously Carmony was founder/CEO of Streamlined Information Systems, Inc., (www.streaminfo.com) a company that specialized in point-of-sale automation systems for retail operations which was acquired by Rentrak, Inc. (NASDAQ: RENT - www.rentrack.com) in 1989.

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Yvette Chanco

Born in Granite City, Illinois, USA, yentlsoup led an unremarkable childhood in the land of Garrison Keillor. Upon reaching man's estate, she headed to Alaska, where a promising career in the fish-canning industry was cut tragically short after just a few short days, due to a complete inability to tolerate dead fish for extended periods of time. Deprived of her one, true, calling, yentlsoup wandered aimlessly for over a decade, when chance intervened, in the form of the key to the server room of a small consulting company. Unaware that she was to lock herself _outside_ the server room, yentlsoup disappeared for over two years. When she emergered, her place in cyberspace was sealed: the packets beckoned, and she could do naught but heed the call.

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Billy Cina

Training Programme Manager, Canonical

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Robert Citek

Volunteer - The Ubuntu Guy, BWorks

Robert Citek has been using Free Software since the late 80s and Linux since the mid-90s. Formally trained as a biologist and working as a bioinformatician at a biotech company in Saint Louis, MO, he uses various Open Source applications to meander through the landscape of genomes. In his spare time he enjoys teaching others about Free/Open Source Software and sharing the thrill of collaboration at BWorks and the CWE-LUG. Feel free to drop him a line at robert.citek@bworks.org.

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Ben Collins

Ubuntu Kernel Engineer, Canonical Ltd

Ben Collins Collins spent nine years as a Debian developer, served as Debian Project Leader, and is the maintainer of kernel Linux1394 stack. He has been with Canonical/Ubuntu for two years, currently as Kernel Team Lead. Ubuntu : http://www.ubuntu.com/ Linux1394: http://wiki.linux1394.org/

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Crispin Cowan

Director of Software Engineering, Novell/SUSE

Crispin Cowan was the CTO and founder of Immunix, Inc., acquired by Novell in 2005, and now works as a the security architect for SUSE Linux. At Immunix, he lead the development of AppArmor, as well as the StackGuard compiler defense against buffer overflows, and the LSM (Linux Security Modules) interface in Linux 2.6. He was previously a computer science professor, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters degree from the University of Waterloo.

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Roman Danaev

My name is Roman Danaev, I am 23, I live in Uzbekistan and work in the sphere of marketing and IT consulting in a local firm. I started using Linux 2 years ago, and still use it on my home computers. A year ago, I gave a try to Ubuntu, and liked it, so I migrated from Mandriva to Ubuntu and still happy with it.

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Chris Dawson

CTO, Box Populi

Chris Dawson began working at the dawn of the Internet age at Claris, a subsidiary of Apple. He then worked for RealNetworks and then went to Virage a pioneering video analysis company. In 2003 he founded Webcast in a Box which has subsequently been renamed to Box Populi. Box Populi builds open source multimedia capture appliances, used in many top name colleges and universities. Box Populi builds all of our appliances and service, in-house and external, on Ubuntu.

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Andy de la Lucha

Linux System Administrator, MGC (EDA Software Company)

Andy is a Linux system administrator in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in virtualization stuff on the outside, but keeps it real on the inside.

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Matthew Edwards

Chief Technical Officer, FGCU's Eagle News

Matthew Edwards is the CTO of EagleNews, Florida Gulf Coast Universities official newspaper. He identifies areas of opportunity for technological solutions primarily within the context of rich internet applications. He also acts as the lead developer for both the Honors Program and the Computer Science departments as they develop a new web presence. His service to the university has been exclusively as a volunteer. In cooperation with key faculty he is leading an initiative, inspired by MIT's open course ware, that will enable anyone to access and benefit from all of FGCU's course materials.

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David Erbach

Professor of Computer Science, Purdue-Fort Wayne

David Erbach is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of "Academic Horizons" at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Cambridge University, and a long history of eccentric interests, from go to Indoor Model Airplanes.

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Doug Fisher

Vice President, Software and Solutions Group; General Manager, Systems Software Division, Intel Corporation

Doug Fisher Doug Fisher is vice president, Software and Solutions Group (SSG), and general manager of SSG’s Systems Software Division at Intel. He leads a worldwide organization responsible for a broad range of development, enabling, architecture analysis and optimization efforts including pre-boot firmware, operating systems, virtualization, middleware software, graphics, SoftSDV and client/server projections. In addition, Fisher has been named the Intel corporate “Mega Initiative” owner for virtualization.

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Matthew Garrett

Matthew Garrett spends his working time studying fruitfly genetics and his spare time making laptops work in Linux. Head of the Ubuntu laptop team, Matthew's Linux involvement covers the entire stack from kernel to user applications.

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Etienne Goyer

Senior Ubuntu System Support Analyst, Canonical

Etienne Goyer Etienne Goyer is a Senior Ubuntu System Support Analyst working in Canonical's Montreal office. In the past ten years, he did every job possible in IT, from lowly support monkey to system architect. Along the way, he had to fight his way through LDAP too many times to count. In his spare time, he talks at local LUG meetings, collects IT certifications and spreads Ubuntu Love.

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Oliver Grawert

Ubuntu Software Engineer, Canonical Ltd

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Jon "maddog" Hall

Executive Director, Linux International

Jon maddog Hall Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International (www.li.org), a non-profit association of computer users who wish to support and promote the Linux Operating System. During his career which spans over thirty years, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, college educator and author.

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Kristian Hermansen

Security Researcher/Developer, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Kristian Hermansen Kristian Hermansen is a security researcher and developer at Cisco Systems. He spends most of his time hacking around and breaking things. Recently he has been striving to build a massive computational infrastructure based on virtualizing technologies. Kristian has no favorite programming language, but wishes he was an Eiffel guru. He was also the instigator of the infamous Steve Ballmer / Linux Penguin invasion at an East Coast University that ultimately failed, but would have garnered 15 minutes of national fame had he woken up on time. When he attended University, he served as President and later Vice President of the local Linux User Group. When not geeking out, he also enjoys skiing and playing drums.

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Daniel Holbach

Daniel Holbach Daniel Holbach started working on Ubuntu about three years ago, when he should have focused on his thesis instead. He works in the Desktop Team and is involved in a lot of Ubuntu's teams. He tries to make it as easy as possible for teams and their members to achieve whatever they're trying to do. He lives in Berlin, tries to become a good Drum'n'Bass DJ, has a dog named Murphy, and started to read Harry Potter in the fourth language.

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Gordon Hopper

Gordon Hopper Gordon is a software engineer and systems architect. Gordon is an advocate for Linux and open standards. He holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering and an MS degree in Computer Science. Gordon is passionate about security, reliability, ease-of-use, and automation. He thinks that software should just work.

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Brian Jamison

CEO, OpenSourcery, LLC

Brian is a seasoned entrepreneur with many technology-related companies to his credit. He has been using Linux and open source since 1995. Brian serves as President of the Portland Open Source Software Entrepreneurs (POSSE) and serves on the organizing committee of the Software Association of Oregon's Developer SIG (SAO-DEVSIG). In his spare time he is the President of the Board of GoBiodiesel Cooperative, a Portland-based alternative fuel producer.

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Mitchell Kapor

Founder & Chair, Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF)

Mitchell Kapor Mitchell Kapor is active in the world of open source software as the founder and president of the Open Source Applications Foundation, which is developing Chandler, a new personal information manager, and as chair of the Mozilla Foundation. Kaporl founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business. He is also the co-founder (in 1990) of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and currently serves as a director of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and of the Level Playing Field Institute.

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Bradley M. Kuhn

Chief Technology Officer, Software Freedom Law Center

Bradley M. Kuhn Bradley M. Kuhn currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the Software Freedom Law Center. During most of the 1990s, he worked as a system administrator and software development consultant on Free Software systems for both small and large companies. In early 2000, he was hired to work for FSF, and he served as its Executive Director from March 2001 until March 2005. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati.

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Johanan Lancaon

Principal, SC Research Group, Inc.

Johanan Lancaon is a Principal at SC Research Group where he is responsible for the architecture and development of Web 2.0 applications for many clients. His experience includes leading the design and development of large-scale transaction systems in the finance, credit, and bioinformatics industries. He has also built out SOA/EAI integration environments, wrote custom application servers, and taught JAVA/J2EE classes.

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Mario Limonciello

Senior in Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University

Mario is a Senior in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University, although lately he has been taking a lot more Computer Engineering technical electives. He has always had a passion for learning how things work. As a child he took apart many electronics just to peer inside and see if they would still work when reassembled. Naturally, using Linux made sense and provided an immersive learning experience.

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Belinda Lopez

Senior Learning Architect,

Belinda Lopez is a Senior Learning Architect and independent consultant in the training and development field. For the past decade she has helped create innovative learning solutions for everyone from preschoolers to astronauts. Before moving into the Open Source world, she was an Instructional Designer and Curriculum Developer in the Human Spaceflight Training program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Pauwl Lunow

Programme Director for Innovation, Qhuba

Pauwl Lunow Pauwl is responsible for innovation at one of the worlds largest IT service providers. With 11 years of consulting experience and 7 more doing major infrastructure projects at a leading global oil company, he advises companies on the best way to harness innovations for business benefit.

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Tom Marble

Technical Lead, Operating System Distributor License, Java (DLJ) Project., Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Tom Marble Tom Marble initially worked at Sun as Chief Technologist for emerging customers in the USA before joining the Java Performance Group. He next served as the technical lead for the Operating System Distributor License for Java (DLJ) project. In February of 2007, he assumed his current role as OpenJDK Ambassador where he facilitates the growth of the OpenJDK Community in an effort to promote Java technology ubiquity, compatibility, adoption and innovation.

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Craig R. McClanahan

Senior Software Engineer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Craig McClanahan is a Senior Software Engineer, currently focused on Next Generation Web opportunities for the Tools Division of Sun Software. Previously, Craig was architect for NetBeans Visual Web Pack (formerly Sun Java Studio Creator), a drag-and-drop GUI for building JavaServer Faces based web applications. Previously, he was co-specification lead for JavaServer Faces 1.0, and the original creator of the Apache Struts web framework.

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Kyle McMartin

Canonical

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Enrique Meza

CTO, Ergonix: Cogito ergo linux inc.

Enrique Meza is CTO of Ergonix Inc, main developer an art designer. Ergonix

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Mårten Mickos

CEO, MySQL AB

Mårten Mickos Mårten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, brings a strong track record of leadership in global high-tech companies to MySQL AB. Prior to joining MySQL in 2001, Mickos was CEO at MatchON Sports, which he grew to become the twenty-fourth “hottest e-business” in Europe within nine months of its inception. Previously, Mickos was CEO at Intellitel Communications, where he was instrumental in transitioning the company from a development lab to a commercial software vendor. He has also directed worldwide sales efforts at several technology companies.

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Eben Moglen

Director, Software Freedom Law Center

Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School and General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation. In addition to FSF, Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School – and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia – since 1987. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.

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Federico Musto

Chief Cook and Bottlewasher, Dog Hunter Inc

Federico Musto Federico Musto born in Turin, Italy,1966. I hold a degree in Business and administration, granted by University of Milan,Italy in 1991 and a Master's Degree in Computer Science granted by NYU in 1993, RHCE in 1999 and dCAP in 2006.

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Stephen O'Grady

Principal Analyst, RedMonk

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Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim O’Reilly Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

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Andrew Oswald

Java Architect, Chariot Solutions

Andrew has been working with Java since 1997. His passion for simplicity and "doing more with less" eventually led him to Aspect-Oriented Programming, which he's been involved with since 2004. As a consultant, he's delivered solutions to clients in a wide range of industries including logistics, finance, and e-commerce. He's currently a Java Architect at Chariot Solutions enjoying the particularly challenging projects that Chariot attracts.

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Martin Pool

Canonical

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James Reinders

Director, Intel Corporation

James Reinders James is a senior engineer who joined Intel Corporation in 1989 and has contributed to projects including the world's first TeraFLOP supercomputer (ASCI Red), compilers and architecture work for a number of Intel processors and parallel systems. James Reinders is now the director of business development and chief evangelist for Intel's Software Development Products. Reinders also is the editorial columnist for the monthly "The Gauntlet" at www.devX.go-parallel.com, the author of the Intel Press book titled "VTune Performance Analyzer Essentials" and contributor to the new book "Multi-Core Programming."

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Scott James Remnant

Ubuntu Development Manager, Canonical

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Jeff Robinson

Laptop Program Coordinator, Free Geek

jeff Robinson was a computer novice until he volunteered at Free Geek and attained leet skills. He was then suckered into running Free Geek's laptop program and subsequently suckered into writing this proposal. He currently lives in Portland, Or. and enjoys babling to and about his lovely wife and cat.

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Rolla Selbak

Intel Corp

Rolla Selbak is a senior Linux software engineer at Intel, specializing in Ubuntu/Intel enabling. She spearheaded the open Posix Test Suite project, and most recently, is leading development and validation for the open Linux-ready Firmware Development Kit. In her spare time, she enjoys filmmaking and rock-climbing.

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Mark Shuttleworth

Founder, Ubuntu/Canonical Ltd.

Mark Shuttleworth Mark Shuttleworth studied finance and information technology at the University of Cape Town, and went on to found Thawte, a company specializing in digital certificates and internet privacy. He sold Thawte to the U.S. company VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth Foundation. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City and Khazakstan. In April 2002 Shuttleworth flew in space as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz Mission TM34 to the International Space Station. In early 2004 he founded the Ubuntu project, which aims to produce a free, high quality desktop OS for everyone.

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Torsten Spindler

Canonical

Torsten is employed at Canonical's Support and Services since December 2006. Prior to this engagement he worked as researcher at the chair for CAAD at the ETH Zurich. He focused on privacy and video surveillance issues and developed a prototype that combines computer vision, cryptography and building automation elements. He completed his Master in Computer Science and Economics in 2001 at the University of Kaiserslautern.

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Mark Surman

The Shuttleworth Foundation

Mark Surman Mark Surman is in the business of connecting things: people, ideas, everything. A community technology activist for almost 20 years, Mark is currently Director of telecentre.org, a $21 million program that invests in grassroots computing networks around the world. He is also an open philanthropy fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation and co-convenes conversations about open cities in his hometown of Toronto.

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Mark Tardif

Speaker biography coming soon.

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Bradley Taylor

Owner, Rails Machine, LLC

Bradley Taylor is the founder and owner of Rails Machine, a specialized Ruby on Rails hosting platform based on virtualization technology. Before founding Rails Machine, he worked as software engineer focused on web services, application servers, and object-relational databases in the area of Geographic Information Systems. He is the author of the mongrel_cluster and railsmachine Ruby Gems.

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Philip Tellis

Philip Tellis is a geek living and working in India. He's been playing around with free software for over seven years, and has several FOSS projects listed against his name. Among his current interests are standards based development for rich and accessible web applications and collaborative technologies.

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Lila Tretikov

CIO, SugarCRM

Lila Tretikov is responsible for Information Technology and Operations at SugarCRM including growing and scaling Sugar On-Demand and SugarCRM services infrastructure. Lila has a rich background in enterprise software spanning multiple verticals from financial to bioengineering to high-tech. She focuses on building robust, redundant, top-performance, high-availability networks and software.

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Sameer Verma

Associate Professor of Information Systems, San Francisco State University

Dr. Sameer Verma is Associate Professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the diffusion and adoption of innovative technologies. He is currently working on several academic research projects which include the diffusion of open source software, wireless networks, and geo-spatial systems. Dr. Verma has been teaching a course in "Managing Open Source" for the last couple of years, and operates SF State's open source portal at http://opensource.sfsu.edu/

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JP Vossen

JP Vossen has been working with computers since the early 1980s and has been in the IT industry since the early ‘90s, specializing in information security since the late ‘90s. He’s been fascinated with scripting and automation since he first understood what an autoexec.bat was, and was delighted to discover the power and flexibility of bash and GNU on Linux in the mid ‘90s. He has previously written for Information Security Magazine and SearchSecurity.com, among others. On those few occasions when he’s not in front of a computer, he is usually taking something apart, putting something together, or both.

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James Ward

Technical Evangelist, Adobe Systems

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe's JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301. Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places. Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including: Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90's; Perl, HTML, and JavaScript in the mid 90's; then Java and many of its frameworks beginning in the late 90's.

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Jeff Waugh

Consultant, Gnome/Waugh Partners

Jeff Waugh

By day, Jeff Waugh is a consultant with Waugh Partners. By night, he rides shotgun on the GNOME release juggernaut and plots the Open Source blogging explosion with Planet. Waugh is an active member of the Free Software community, holding positions such as Chairman of the Annodex Foundation (2006), Director of the GNOME Foundation Board (2003-2004, 2006), GNOME Release Manager (2001-2005), committee member (2000-2001) and president (2002-2003) of the Sydney Linux Users' Group, and member of the linux.conf.au 2001 and 2007 organising teams. He was one of the founding employees of Canonical, spending two and a half years engaged in Ubuntu business and community development. In 2005, Waugh won the Google/O'Reilly Open Source award for Best Evangelist. Jeff is a card-carrying member of Linux Australia, but does not say "mate".

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Richard Weideman

Education Programme Manager, Canonical Ltd

Richard Weideman Richard Weideman is the Education Programme Manager for Canonical, and is the first line contact for all education issues across the range of Ubuntu software, and he manages the development team for Edubuntu. Richard has a development background extending back to 1986, and joined the internet revolution in 1996. As HP Education Project Manager for South Africa, Richard managed schools training, school LAB technical readiness, content sourcing, and delivery of train-the-trainer sessions.

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Malcolm Yates

ISV & Partner Programme Manager, Canonical Ltd

Malcolm Yates has been involved in building the Linux market for nearly 10 years. From being a member of the first team in IBM to commercially promote and educate about Linux, through nearly five years with SUSE as Global Alliances manager, working with IBM and many ISVs. then on to Canonical developing more relationships with the best Linux company, he has been at the pointed end of many interesting and innovative situations.

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Jim Zemlin

Executive Director, Linux Foundation

Jim Zemlin, formerly executive director of the Free Standards Group, is the executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin previously served as vice president of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leader in products and services for the Apache web server. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful initial public offering in July 2000.

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J.J. Zhuang

Chief Architect, Zimbra Desktop

J.J. Zhuang has a background in engineering and computer design. He was recognized for bringing CAD visualization technique to the bioinformatics field during the early genomic research boom. A veteran server software architect and an active member of the open source community, J.J. Zhuang is an expert in telecommunication software design. His latest passion is to bring complex Web 2.0 products "offline" thereby extending their lives beyond the Web.

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Matt Zimmerman

Ubuntu CTO, Canonical Ltd

Matt joined Canonical Ltd in 2004, and currently resides in London. He holds overall responsibility for Ubuntu engineering, including technology innovation, research and development, quality assurance and release operations, and also serves as chair of the Ubuntu Technical Board.

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