Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 00:48

SCALE 13x – the 13th annual Southern California Linux Expo – takes place on Feb. 19-22, 2015, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel. As the first-of-the-year Linux and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) expo in North America, SCALE 13x expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials, and special events.

Held annually in Los Angeles, SCALE is the largest community-run FOSS conference in North America.

If your in attendance come visit us @ the ThinkPenguin booth and see what we have to offer. This is the perfect opportunity to see a bit of our catalog up close and personal. We'll be bringing laptops, desktops, accessories, and other awesome toys. We'll also be giving away some awesome swag. Free tux's for everyone!

Register now and get 40% off! (coupon / promo code: THINK)

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 21:44

Electronics are popular gifts for the holidays, but people often overlook the restrictions that manufacturers slip under the wrapping paper. From remote deletion of files to harsh rules about copying and sharing, some gifts almost take more than they give. The good news is that there are ethical companies making better devices that your loved ones can enjoy with freedom and privacy. The Free Software Foundation has put together a list of these smarter gifts, compared with their more well-known, but more restrictive alternatives. Check it out at https://www.fsf.org/givingguide!

If your in the United States check out with coupon code FSFGIVING and we'll take $5 USD off any purchase of $50 or more and make a $5 USD donation to the Free Software Foundation. Those outside the US can take advantage of this promotion by entering the code in the comment area at checkout. A $5 USD refund will be issued in place of the discount.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:33


Introducing the first and only commercially available 100% free software wireless router with Respect Your Freedom certification. The TPE-NWIFIROUTER2 router ships with the most up-to-date free software embedded GNU/Linux distribution available today: LibreCMC.

LibreCMC was built from the Linux-libre kernel and a stripped down version of OpenWRT without the non-free bits. LibreCMC is the modern free software distribution designed for todays routers.

Now accepting orders!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:56


The twelfth annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held October 24-26, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Hosting authoritative speakers and a large expo, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.

The Ohio LinuxFest is a grassroots conference for the GNU/Linux/Open Source Software/Free Software community that started in 2003 as a large inter-LUG (Linux User Group) meeting and has grown steadily since. It is a place for the community to gather and share information about GNU/Linux and Open Source Software.

A large expo area adjacent to the conference rooms will feature exhibits as well as a large .org section from non-profit Open Source/Free Software projects. Come visit us @ our booth and see what we have to offer. This is the perfect opportunity to see a bit of our catalog up close. We'll be bringing laptops, desktops, and lots of accessories. We'll also be giving away some awesome swag. Free tux's for everyone!

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:55


Fossetcon is an acronym for Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference. It is based around the ideas of inclusion, cohesion, plumbers, continuity and fluidity.

Fossetcon is not a GNU/Linux conference, nor is it a *BSD conference. Fossetcon can be more described as a *nix(Unix like) conference that focuses primarily on Free and Open Source Software and the systems that run it - whether it be hardware or software.

One of very own will be speaking @ Fossetcon about a new project called libreCMC: The libre Embedded GNU/Linux Distro. Following on the heals of an earlier project libreCMC is a modern 100% free distribution for embedded devices. Unlike with other router firmwares users are able to fully examine every bit of code being executed making it a perfect foundation for improving the security and privacy of routing devices.

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 21:57


FOSSCON is a free and open source software conference that include talks and workshops on topics including development, community building, hackerspace activities, and more. Some of the topics previously presented at FOSSCON include: 3D printing, security, protecting your privacy, networking with the local tech community and discovering new technologies.

Anybody interested in going can come and check out our product line up in person. We'll have a table, some laptops, a desktop or two, and a variety of small items. Everything is free software friendly and compatible with the new Trisquel 7 out-of-the-box (amongst most other distributions).

The event is being held Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at the Franklin Institute - 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. To register please visit: http://fosscon.us/Attend


Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 23:45

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HOPE X will take place on July 18, 19, and 20, 2014 at the 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 Julian Assange, Kevin Mitnick, Richard Stallman, Steve Wozniak, and William Binney, amongst others. One of this years featured guests will be Edward Snowden.

Past HOPEs have had huge hackerspace villages, film festivals, Segway rides, lock picking villages, a wide variety of vendors, art installations, live video, vintage computers, robots, an amateur/ham radio station, electronics workshops, book signings, and the country's biggest supply of Club-Mate.

Now imagine all of that happening right in the middle of New York City, across the street from Penn Station and down the block from the Empire State Building.

For more information check out the official web site.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 22:18

The "Linux Action Show" interview was recorded at the SouthEast Linux Fest 2014. The interview starts at mark 56:35. The interview was truncated a bit leaving out critical information on the difference between the distributions, the meaning of free software, and how ThinkPenguin differs from the competition.

A summary of the edited portion of the interview included information on how it impacts everyday users and how companies incorrectly utilize the words "free software" or otherwise are referring to price. We believe users should have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software and the reality is most manufacturers include hardware dependent on non-free software. Some even take this further and embed digital restrictions into the BIOS to ensure users can't utilize third party wifi cards or even switch operating systems.

ThinkPenguin, Inc. is currently the only company with a significant catalog selling free software friendly hardware. From wifi adapters and printers to desktops and laptops. For more information on free software friendly hardware check out the Free Software Foundation's Respect Your Freedom web site at: fsf.org/ryf.

You can watch the Interview on YouTube (viewable without Adobe Flash)
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 16:52

We have a part-time opening for one qualified candidate to work in the GNU/Linux support arena. Our company's main focus is on the selling and support of free software friendly hardware (desktops, laptops, and around 100 accessories).

Main Responsibilities:

- packing & shipping products
- assembling & repairing computers
- diagnose and resolve technical hardware and software issues
- providing basic tier 1 technical support
- respond to customer requests for technical assistance in person, via phone, and email (mostly phone/email)
- research questions and solutions using internal and external documentation
- identify and escalate situations requiring attention

Requires:

- 30 hours / week (10:30AM-5:00PM M-F /w half hour lunch break)
- vehicle & drivers license
- skill in diagnosing problems
- good communication skills
- attention to detail
- patience
- basic understanding of free software philosophy vs open source
- basic GNU/Linux administrations skills (ie: apt-get, md5sum, dmesg, lsusb, lspci, etc)
- staying current with the latest GNU/Linux distributions and other free software components / operating systems

Education and Experience

- degree, degree seeking, or related experience and training in troubleshooting and providing help desk support are preferred

Key Skills & Competencies

- oral and written communication skills
- customer service oriented
- problem analysis
- problem-solving
- adaptability
- planning and organizing
- attention to detail
- stress tolerance
- can work with little to no supervision

Email your resume for consideration with salary requirements.

The job is at our offices in Flemington, New Jersey.

All resumes must be submitted in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument, and not Microsoft Word). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will be overlooked.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to promoting a diverse workplace, and do not discriminate based on gender, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 00:04

We now have better support for ordering internationally. Customers from 20 or so countries can now order through the web site. There is now no need to contact us in order to place an order in most circumstances. There may still be a small handful of products which are unavailable however. Despite that this nearly completes the entire catalog being available within a few clicks for most of our customers. There are a few countries noticeably absent. Mainly South Africa & Brazil. Unfortunately these countries make it near impossible to get expensive products through customs.

The list of countries with better support include: JAPAN, BELGIUM, GERMANY, ITALY, AUSTRIA, GREENLAND, CANADA, NETHERLANDS, FRANCE, MONACO, FINLAND, IRELAND, NORWAY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF, AUSTRALIA.