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Shuttleworth, Rodriguez Keynote at PyCon 2010

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World's Largest Python Conference Opens

ATLANTA, GA - Feb. 17, 2010

Mark Shuttleworth and Antonio Rodriguez keynote at PyCon 2010, the world's largest conference of the Python programming community. Over 1,000 Python programmers are gathering now at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta for eight days of intensive education, cooperation, and networking.

Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of the Ubuntu Project, which produces a Linux distribution enormously popular among software developers and end users alike for its utility and ease of use. The Ubuntu Project is often cited as an example of a well-run cooperative programming effort; it relies heavily on highly-readable Python programs which make collaboration between developers easy. Many Python programmers, in turn, benefit from the powerful, no-fuss Linux development platform provided by Ubuntu. Shuttleworth is also famous for founding the digital security company Thawte and for his 2002 mission to the International Space Station.

Antonio Rodriguez is the founder of the photo-sharing company Tabblo and has been CTO of HP's consumer imaging and printing business. Rodriguez has been a dedicated Python programmer since 2001 with a particular interest in collaborative iterative development and symbiotic relationships between hackers and users, makers and customers.

Every year, PyCon is the catalyst for ongoing development of the Python ecosystem. Key developers of all Python implementations and important Python-based software meet at PyCon's summit meetings, development sprints, and Open Spaces. PyCon is also the community's most important educational event of the year - recorded talks from PyCon 2009 have been downloaded and viewed over 250,000 times! PyCon creates an environment of continuous, intensive meeting and learning, including intensive half-day tutorials, Open Space events, Lightning Talks, a poster session, hands-on lab, exhibit hall, and countless informal meetings in and around the conference.

About Python

Python is an open-source, dynamically typed, object-oriented programming language that can be used in nearly the entire range of technology applications. It offers an easy learning curve and access to a vast array of libraries. With implementations available for all common operating systems as well as the Java and .NET platforms, Python can be used on virtually any system in existence. Python's power and versatility have made it one of the world's most popular programming languages, currently ranked #7 in the TIOBE index. Like other open-source, dynamic languages, it offers rapid productivity and a vigorous developer community; at the same time, Python's clarity and reliability give confidence to enterprise users.

About PyCon

Presented by the Python Software Foundation, the world's largest Python conference brings together a diverse group of developers, enthusiasts, and organizations to explore new challenges, launch new businesses and forge new connections within the Python community. PyCon provides attendees with the opportunity to delve into the dynamic programming language relied upon by institutions from MIT and NASA to Cisco and Walt Disney. PyCon helps people learn new tools and techniques, present their own projects, and meet other Python fans. PyCon 2010 is sponsored by twenty-one companies, including Google, CCP Games, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Net-ng,, ActiveState, White Oak Technologies, Canonical, Microsoft, Sauce Labs, Rackspace, ESRI, and Oracle. Press passes to the conference are available for members of the press who would like to witness PyCon in person.

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Media Contact

Van Lindberg, conference chair

+1 (972) 739-8638

Catherine Devlin, publicity coordinator

+1 (937) 301-5871

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