Open Voting Consortium CEO to Keynote Red Hat Summit 2007


United States, January 24, 2007

Alan Dechert joins the growing panel of visionaries for the May conference in San Diego.

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the co-founder, president and CEO of the Open Voting Consortium, Alan Dechert will keynote at the third annual Red Hat Summit in San Diego, Calif. The Red Hat Summit will take place May 9-11, 2007 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

The Red Hat Summit 2007 will bring together partners and customers of all kinds in an open source knowledge exchange. The event will feature six tracks designed to address the latest areas of interest in the open source industry including virtualization, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and intellectual property law. With hands-on workshops, demonstrations, informative sessions and more, the Red Hat Summit will feature industry leaders such as Dechert and Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, Eben Moglen. Moglen, a Red Hat Summit 2006 keynoter, is a confirmed track speaker for the 2007 conference.

"It is an honor to be given the opportunity to keynote at the Red Hat Summit 2007," said Dechert. "As a strong open source advocate, I see the relevance of this conference and the importance of the open collaboration it fosters among great minds. I am thrilled to be involved in the Summit and look forward to attending in May."

Alan Dechert is a seasoned software test engineer and application developer with over 15 years of industry experience. He helped craft one of the most widely used open source computer programs to remedy the Y2K problem. In 2003 he was one of three co-founders of the Open Voting Consortium, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, maintenance and delivery of open voting systems for use in public elections. Through the use of open source code systems, the Open Voting Consortium aims to deprivatize the voting system in the United States. Currently serving as president and CEO of the Open Voting Consortium, Dechert works full time for the organization educating the public, pressing for needed legislation for electoral accountability and raising funds for programming needed for the open source voting machine and election tabulation software.

Registration for the Red Hat Summit 2007 in San Diego is open with discounts for those who commit prior to Feb. 16, 2007. For more information, or to register for the Red Hat Summit, visit

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