Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 18:44

SELF 2019 will be held June 14-16, 2019 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, NC. SELF is pleased to tentatively announce the following special events as part of SELF 2019: LPI Exams, Ham Radio Testing, Ham Radio Exam Cram, GPG Key Signing, Fiber Track, Zero To DBA, Geeks With Guns, the /dev/random track, and of course the Craft Beer Bottle Share / LAN gaming parties. New this year SELF will occupy the entire hotel. This means content expansion and a more serious LAN Party and all sorts of other things that are being discussed.

We'll have a table again this year (NOTE: ONLY ON FRIDAY as this event conflicts with another event we'll be at, ie Forkfest) for those who would like to see whats on offer in person before making any purchasing decision. We'll have at least a portion of our catalog with us to demo. This generally includes a handful of laptops, a smaller desktop of some sort, stickers, wifi cards galore, accessories like webcams, HDMI capture cards, etc, and other adapters.

Our founder and CEO Christopher Waid will also be giving a talk on Friday. Between being heavily involved in a number of talk radio shows including a major nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live and having launched a new decentralized freedom-leaning talk show Freedom Decrypted Chris is in an excellent position to talk about and will be talking about the methods and tools available to take control of media through decentralization and free software.

From free software friendly hardware to content creation software like Open Broadcasting Software Studio (OBS). The intent of the talk is to cover the different tools that can be utilized to retain control of ones speech in a censorship friendly speech hostile environment that has become the internet. From live-streaming using self-hosted servers to decentralized distributed tools like lbry for content distribution. We'll cover the basics of decentralized social media tools like Mastodon (a Twitter replacement) to more traditional tools like mailing list/newsletter software such as Mailtrain (but self-hosted so you don't need Mailchip, Google, Amazon, or somebody else in the way of your communications). Through decentralization you can help fight back against the censors.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 18:57

Join us for the Porcupine Freedom Festival and Forkfest this summer from June 13-23rd. The two events are held back-to-back with each other for a combined total of 10-days of festivities at Roger's Campground.

Porcfest is a Free State Project camping festival that takes place each summer in northern New Hampshire. The Free State Project is an effort by liberty-minded people the world over to bring together 20,000 like-minded individuals to one region with the objective of creating a free society. That number was reached in 2016 and since then the overall migration movement has really picked up steam. Porcfest has been described as "Woodstock for rational people", that is freedom loving people who prioritize rational logical thinking over emotional reactions.

Over the years Porcfest has grown into a more family friendly event with lots of centralized organization behind it. The idea behind Forkfest was to do what liberty minded people do everywhere: When you don't like the direction a project is heading do something about it. Fork it! To that end Forkfest is a continuation of Porcfest, but without any centralized planning, tickets, or rules. It's up to the those in attendance to make of it what they like. So this year we have decided to promote Forkfest by sponsoring Porcfest.

That said you can't register for Forkfest, but you can reserve a camp site if you intend on camping (access to the camp ground is $5). For more info see Forkfest.party (and remember there is no official web site, but numerous forums, chats, calendars, and groups). Now if you intend to attend both events you will need to register for Porcfest. As Porcfest is a more centrally planned event that has been around longer there are still at least currently more things that have been officially planned for the festival like speakers, parties, and similar. Though that isn't to say Forkfest won't have much of the same on a smaller (even if growing) scale. Forkfest had 200-300 hundred people last year whereas Porcfest was in the 1,500-2,000 range.

Our founder and CEO Christopher Waid will also be giving a talk at Forkfest (see Alt Expo tent for schedule). Between being heavily involved in a number of talk radio shows including a major nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live and having launched a new decentralized freedom-leaning talk show Freedom Decrypted Chris is in an excellent position to talk about and will be talking about the methods and tools available to take control of media through decentralization and free software.

From free software friendly hardware to content creation software like Open Broadcasting Software Studio (OBS). The intent of the talk is to cover the different tools that can be utilized to retain control of ones speech in a censorship friendly speech hostile environment that has become the internet. From live-streaming using self-hosted servers to decentralized distributed tools like lbry for content distribution. We'll cover the basics of decentralized social media tools like Mastodon (a Twitter replacement) to more traditional tools like mailing list/newsletter software such as Mailtrain (but self-hosted so you don't need Mailchip, Google, Amazon, or somebody else in the way of your communications). Through decentralization you can help fight back against the censors.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 21:52

[GNU/]LinuxFest Northwest is the longest running, largest open source conference in the Pacific Northwest. Home to over 80 sessions and 50 exhibitions over two days. Speakers from all areas of tech, and talks covering the full gamut of experience, from newbie to guru will be there.

Come for the code, stay for the people! Northwest has awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on GNU/Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.

The 2019 event will be held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, WA from April 26 - 28, 2019. Are you attending? If so stop by our booth and say hi!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 21:47

LibrePlanet is an annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation for people who care about their digital freedoms, bringing together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges facing the free software movement. LibrePlanet 2019 will feature programming for a wide range of ages and experience levels.

We hope to see you at LibrePlanet 2019, March 23-24th in Cambridge, MA.

Register now to join us at MIT Cambridge, Massachusetts for the next LibrePlanet!

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 19:00


Join us at SCALE! SCaLE 17x – the 17th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place on March. 7-10, 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCaLE 17x expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events.



SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the greater Los Angeles area. For ticket and info visit: https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 22:51


"This will be the very first annual International Copyleft Conference. Participants from throughout the copyleft world — developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, scholars and critics — will be welcomed for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world."

Representatives from ThinkPenguin and LibreCMC's lead developer will be in attendance and speaking so come check out the event if your in Europe!

https://www.copyleftconf.org/

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 22:48

FOSDEM is possibly the largest community organized conference for free and open source software. In Brussels the first weekend in February, FOSDEM brings thousands of free software contributors and enthusiasts together for an intense two days of talks, stands and socializing. FOSDEM celebrates it's 20th year in 2019.

Representatives from ThinkPenguin will be in attendance and participating throughout the weekend. If you're going to be attending, we hope you'll join us.

https://fosdem.org/2019/

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:39

Join us in Raleigh, NC and The Research Triangle, the epicenter of innovation, technology and free software in the south east October 21-23, 2018. We will be showing off our laptops, peripherals, and other accessories and talking about exciting EOMA68 developers, an exciting new EOMA68 router project, and more. Robert Call will also be giving a talk on libreCMC, a 100% free embedded software distribution that we sponsor and utilize on our RYF'd routers (and runs on other types of devices from other manufacturers too!).

For more information and to register check out the All Things Open web site.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 02:24

Are you in the Las Vegas area? Planning to attend DEFCON? We'll be vending at the world's longest running and largest underground hacking conference. If you ever wanted to check us out in person we'll be in attendance at this years event. It's a great opportunity to do a meet and greet and see what we're really all about. Plus check out some of the laptops, desktops, and other great items in our catalog.


For more information see http://www.defcon.org/

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 19:22

HOPE 12 will take place on July 20, 21, and 22nd, 2018 at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It's been happening since 1994.

Join us for three full days and nights of activities, including more of the provocative and enlightening speakers that the HOPE conferences are known for. Featured speakers have included Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Kevin Mitnick, Richard Stallman, Steve Wozniak, and William Binney, amongst others. This years keynote will be Cory Doctorow.

Come check out our product showcase which will be on display at our booth! You can also ask us about the status of the EOMA68 modular computing standard and the first truly libre desktop and laptop housing (shipping soon) based around the Libre Tea Computer Card. For those that aren't aware of the EOMA68 project it is a modular computing standard that involves a card (the first of which is the Libre Tea Computer Card) and a housing (be it a desktop, laptop, router, or something else) where everything including the keyboard controller, bootloader, and CPU don't require any proprietary bits. You can also check out lots of other cool hardware including some of our older boring and backdoor'd intel based laptops if you so like.

Visit the HOPE 12 web site for more info