Brian LaMere is a long-time Linux junkie. He started with Slackware, went to Redhat, then to Fedora when it first started, then to Gentoo, then did his own builds for a while, and came back to Fedora once he finally realized he didn't need to re-invent every wheel he came across. He lives in San Diego, where he is active in animal welfare organizations, and has just started going back to school. His work experience has generally been in "information assurance" - high availability, security, etc. He's served as a named SYSIAO for a DoD contractor, and has reworked/designed the infrastructure of several companies to meet FDA, HIPAA, and PCI compliance controls for the services they provide. He's currently working for a SaaS provider designing a framework for rapid deployment PCI-compliant e-commerce websites.