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Thomas Cameron

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Thomas Cameron has been an IT Professional since 1993. He's worked with Linux at multinational financial services companies, transportation companies, manufacturing, and more. He's a Red Hat Certified Architect, and was a regional chief architect at Red Hat. He's currently on the Amazon Linux team at Amazon.
Keynote: Linux State of the Union
Linux Performance Tuning

Steve Ovens

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Steve is a dedicated IT professional and Linux advocate. Prior to joining Red Hat, he spent several years in financial, automotive, and movie industries. Steve currently works for Red Hat as an OpenShift consultant and has certifications ranging from the RHCA (in DevOps), to Ansible, to Containerized Applications and more. He spends a lot of time discussing technology and writing tutorials on various technical subjects with friends, family, and anyone who is interested in listening.
You're Worth More Than You Know, Matching your Skills to Employeers
Kids and Technology: Using OpenSource to Guide Learning
Identity Management: Using IdM in your home lab!

Tommy Falgout

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Tommy has been developing software and trebuchets for 20+ years and goes between having his ego reach such enormous proportions that it has its own gravitational pull to wondering if he's ever going to learn how to fizzbuzz correctly. He is now a Cloud Solution Architect with Microsoft and loves it.
Kubernetes Fundamentals

Kendall Roden

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Kendall began her career at Microsoft in July 2016 after graduating from the University of Alabama where she witnessed 2 National Championship wins (Roll Tide) while studying Management Information Systems and Italian. She spent 2.5 years as a Consultant in Microsoft Services, focusing on C# development and Azure PaaS offerings. In November 2018, Kendall became a Development Consultant in Microsoft Premier. Her goal is to enable dev teams to adopt new technologies and create new solutions. When offline, she is most likely taking on a new adventure be it a solo trip to New Zealand or performing stand up comedy.
Kubernetes Fundamentals

Alex Juarez

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Alex Juarez is a Principal Engineer at Rackspace, touting 12 years with the company. Alex enjoys all things open-source as well as training and mentoring others. Alex has spoken at many regional and nationwide open source conferences sharing knowledge and encouraging people to learn a bit more.
When Alex isn't helping others, he's studying to become a yoga instructor or learning about beer with the hopes of taking the Cicerone exam or trying to find places to eat and things to see in San Antonio, TX.
Linux Permissions 101
Ansible Beginner to Brilliant

Sarah Ofsdahl

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I'm a Linux trainer. :)
Go Forth and Brown Bag

David Stokes

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Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle Corporation.
An Intro to MySQL
New Features in MySQL for Developers
How to give back to Open Source

Jose Miguel Parrella

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Jose Miguel is an open source enthusiast with over 15 years of experience with Linux as a sysadmin, solutions architect and Debian Developer. He joined Microsoft in 2010 to work on open source technologies and is part of the Azure team, sitting right where Linux and the cloud meet. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jose Miguel led design and architecture of the national Linux operating system of Venezuela (where he’s originally from, but he lives in Seattle today) with over 2M end users today.
Debian Use-cases at Microsoft
Future of Linux Packaging

Major Hayden

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Major Hayden is a principal software engineer at Red Hat and he is the technical lead for the Continuous Kernel Integration (CKI) project. He spends most of his day working with Python code in OpenShift and wrestling with kernels and kernel tests on various architectures. He maintains a technical blog at https://major.io and lives just outside San Antonio, Texas.
Continuous Kernel Integration
Understanding Burnout

Cornelius Kölbel

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Cornelius is into multi factor authentication for more than 15 years. He is the project lead of the MFA system privacyIDEA.
As a consultant Cornelius learnt to unterstand customers requirements in heterogenous networks first hand. He planned and implemented several public key infrastructures for smartcard usage and was one of the first to work on the interoperability of the Aladdin eToken between Windows and Linux.
In 2006 he started one of the the first open source one time password systems implementing the HOTP algorithm. In 2009 he initiated an enterprise OTP solution as product manager. In 2014 he kicked off the open source privacyIDEA project. It is a vendor independent authentication system, which can be used to manage arbitrary authentication objects to implement many different ways of multi factor authentication.
During the last 10 years Cornelius spoke at several conferences in Germany, in the Netherlands, in Belgium (FOSDEM), in Denmark and in the U.S.
Integrating 2FA Into Your Network
Doing 2FA on-site

Brian Beck

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Brian Beck, Open Source Advocate.
Blender 3D Workshop

Ell Marquez

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Ell Marquez has been part of the open-source family for a few years now. In this time, she has found the support needed from her mentorship relationships to grow from a Linux Administrator to an OpenStack technical trainer at Rackspace. Taking the leap to join Linux Academy as a technical evangelist which helped her find a comfortable home with the Jupiter Broadcasting team.
Confessions of a Sysadmin
Understanding Containers

Allie Barnes

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Allie Barnes has been in the Linux community since 2011, jump-starting her IT career as a Linux Administrator at Rackspace and utilizing mentorships and community knowledge to eventually navigate into the OpenStack world. Allie is learning to take the leap into the community by participating in more talks and community events in hopes of spreading knowledge and love of Linux and Open Source in general!
Confessions of a Sysadmin

Alex Thomas

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I have been experimenting and using free and open source technologies since 2000, having bought box sets of Red Hat Linux 7 ( Not RHEL), SuSE 6.x, and Progeny Linux. I use, test, and support various flavors of Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD. I do IT support for small businesses.
Fedora Silverblue Desktop

David Sirrine

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Open Source advocate, security guy, mentor, technologist, father, baker, and rugby enthusiast.
Understanding the role of security in your build pipeline and how to have the necessary conversations around these needs.

Dan Kinkead

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Dan Kinkead is a Technical Integrated Support Manager that works on-site at Microsoft helping to facilitate support between Red Hat and Azure for customers that are using Red Hat products. He has worked for over 10 years in the hosting industry and holds numerous certifications from Red Hat and Microsoft. For the past 8 years he has been focused in the cloud world helping Rackspace, Amazon, and Microsoft run their cloud offerings.
Migrating physical servers to either AWS or Azure

William Braswell

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Will 'the Chill' Braswell is...
Creator of RPerl & CloudForFree, Co-Creator of Perl 11.
Scouter, Juggler, Mormon, Perl Monger, Serial Entrepreneur, Volunteer, Aspiring Astrophysicist, Community Organizer, Family Man.
Start a Cult! Building a FOSS community from scratch

Mason Egger

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I am currently a Senior Site Reliability Engineer at HomeAway in Austin, TX. I have implemented the current talk I'm giving today at every job I've had and seen not only a drastic improvement in the quality of documentation being written, but the developer process improved and throughput had a noticeable increase.
I'm a graduate of Texas State University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Science in Computer Science through Georgia Tech's online masters program. I host a YouTube channel, formerly known as BSD Synergy now just knows as Mason Egger, about things I finds interesting, even though this does usually gravitate towards BSD, Python, and Cloud Infrastructure tooling. I also started an Open Source project, UnlockedEdu, which aims at open sourcing resources for educators, such as textbooks, curriculums, and worksheet generators to start. I'm an avid proponent for Computer Science Education and currently volunteers teaching an AP Computer Science course through TEALS, a Microsoft Philanthropy. If any of these things interests you please feel free to come talk to me during the conference.
Building Docs like Code: Continuous Integration for Documentation

Adam Miller

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Adam Miller is a member of the Ansible Core Engineering team focusing on the Ansible Core runtime, Linux system administration automation, container orchestration integrations, and Information Security automation. Adam has completed his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Masters of Science in Information Assurance and Security, both from Sam Houston State University. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (Cert# 110-008-810), and an active member of the open source community with a running history of contributions to the Ansible and Fedora Projects. Adam was previously a Systems Engineer in Dell's Enterprise Solutions Research Department where he published whitepapers on running production enterprise database workloads on Red Hat Enteprise Linux. Adam was also a member of the OpenShift Online Operations Team, as their Release Engineer and Deployment Team Lead. Adam served as a community elected member of the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee for many years and has published a book entitled "Implementing OpenShift".
Automate Absolutely Everything

Matt Davis

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Matt Davis has a passion for exploring the relationship between the artistic mind and operating distributed computer architectures, drawing years of musical training into his approaches for understanding and describing complex systems. He has been both Individual Contributor and Tech Manager in a wide variety of fields involving Operations and Site Reliability Engineering, and writes about topics ranging from step-by-step tutorials and the benefits of remote work to theories about music and technology. In addition to interests in infrastructure management and chaos engineering, Matt creates music with DIY synthesizers and spins all vinyl DJ sets.
The Music in Resilience

Daniel Wallace

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I have been a contributor to open source projects since 2011. I have contributed to Arch Linux, Systemd, SaltStack, and a few small patches to projects like test-kitchen, ZNC, and testinfra.
Even though I no longer work at SaltStack anymore, I still help with a lot of their community work.
Open Source is hard: How can we be better to one another

JJ Ashgar

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JJ works at IBM on the IBM cloud as a Developer Advocate. He’s focusing on the IBM Kubernetes Service trying to make companies and users have a successful on boarding to the Cloud Native ecosystem.
He lives and grew up in Austin, Texas. He enjoys a good strong stout, hoppy IPA, and some team building Artemis, madding Dwarf Fortress or Rimworld or possibly pair programming cluster Factorio. He’s a member of the Church of Emacs, though jumps into Vim on remote machines. He usually chooses Ubuntu over CentOS, but secretly wants FreeBSD everywhere. He’s always trying to become a better Ruby developer, but flirts with Go, Rust, and only when he has to, Node. A father and husband, if he’s not trying to automate his job away he’s always to convince his daughters to “be button makers not button pushers.
Becoming dangerous with Kubernetes

Alex Kretzschmar

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Red Hatter, Linuxserver.io co-founder and container evangelist!
The virtues of an open Home Automation system

Sameer Khan

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A long-time Linux and UNIX user and member of DFWUUG and Austin Linux User Groups.
Livin' the Vida Loca on the Command Line

Clay Montgomery

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Clay D. Montgomery is a local freelance embedded linux multimedia developer who has been building embedded software and hardware for audio, video and graphics equipment for decades. His particular expertise is leveraging open-source on ARM open hardware to accelerate multimedia applications like digital signage, video walls, touch kiosks and computer vision. He previously worked at AMX, TI, Nokia, Philips and STB Systems in Texas and Arizona.
Clay is the developer of the Lightwing Open Multimedia UI Engine and platform for building custom digital signs, video walls and touch kiosks using open hardware and software tools. Lightwing composites many disparate types of digital media to enable anyone to create interactive multimedia presentations fast without requiring the steep learning curves of browser languages or costly proprietary tools.
Clay also has authored published articles for the Intel Developer Zone, Texas Instruments and Montgomery One and is also active in many online forums and the North Texas tech start-up community. He maintains an online blog at https://montgomery1.com.
Building Complete Embedded Vision Systems on Linux

Ryan Robson

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Ryan has worked with cPanel for over five years, leading the cPanel University training team in delivering internal training on everything from development/QA to software and server support, while also providing live and remote training to partners worldwide. At home, he enjoys Twitch streaming with his two daughters, and producing music in his free time. Eventually, he hopes to somehow find a way to combine these, creating the ultimate daughter-hosted, live-streamed cPanel training musical. He’s kidding about that last part, but not really.
Using strace to know what you don’t know How to build a cPanel hosting environment on Amazon AWS