Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 20:19

For most getting starting with Free Software is difficult. The lack of clear, concise, and easy to follow guides and documentation is creating stumbling blocks on their road to success. While the documentation that does exist is good for seasoned veterans it often is beyond the reach of new users. We want to make that road to success easier for new users by helping to remove these stumbling blocks, creating an easier path for them. As such we're proud to announce this partnership and will be offering treats to those who make a meaningful contribution.

Will you help fund this ambitious project?

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 16:29

Will you help us save wifi? The FCC is attempting to force new rules on manufacturers that will require everybody to lock down computing devices. Anything with a modern wireless chip is likely to be affected (software defined radio). This includes routers, cell phones, computers, bluetooth adapters, and similar devices. This means that users won't be able to install free software operating systems such as GNU/Linux or other third party firmwares/operating systems without the cooperation of the manufacturer. An unlikely event in most scenarios as manufacturers tend not to want to support devices longer than the period in which they're marketing / selling them. Users security, privacy, and freedom will be severely compromised.

Here's a question relating to the new rules where they specifically ask manufacturers (who are required by law to certify with the FCC) what they are doing to lock down routers (but also is applicable to other devices):

How will you prevent end users from installing DD-WRT
(DD-WRT is not free software, but a third party router firmware often installed by end-users... it would impact both free and non-free third party software alike)


Third-Party Access Control: What prevents third parties from loading non-US versions of the software/firmware on the device? Describe in detail how the device is protected from “flashing” and the installation of third-party firmware such as DD-WRT.

If you want to purchase a libreCMC router go here. Your time may be running out...

If you want to help save wifi by sending a comment to the FCC please visit the campaign site at www.savewifi.org for instructions on how to proceed.

For more information about all the technical details (in a less technical format) check out the prpl.works blog post (a great detailed, accurate, and lengthy write up on the situation).

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 14:04

The thirteenth annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held October 2-3, 2015, 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, June 7, 2015 - 21:00

Unfortunately the majority of companies and products on the market do little more than give users the illusion of security and privacy. There are more snake oils salesmen peddling fraudulent products like anti-virus and proprietary encryption software than there are actual solutions. Even otherwise good sources of information can easily lead one to believe security is just an add on or click away. Unfortunately this is far from the truth. Security and privacy are hard problems to solve and adding software doesn't magically fix it.

Come learn more about what it takes to secure your computer and protect your privacy. Adam Leibson will be giving a talk at PorcFest (Lancaster, New Hampshire) on Tuesday, June 23rd at 5PM on GnuPG and email encryption. Join us in the Expo Lounge (which is site #93) then. Don't forget to bring a laptop if you have one. We'll be helping people setup GnuPG. The talk will also include a discussion on why security can't be bolted on and how proprietary operating systems get in the way of genuine computer security (even when using the recommended free software, that is free as in freedom, not price).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 20:43

We are pleased to announce our return to the South East Linux Fest. The event will be held June 12-14 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in North Carolina. If your in the area check out the event for the great talks and stay for the expo.

SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) is an annual Linux and open source software conference held in the Southeast United States. It is a Friday through Sunday weekend event held in the second or third weekend of June every year. The event is dedicated to education, discussion, and networking related to Linux, free software, and open source.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 15:27

The Porcupine Freedom Festival is an annual liberty camping event organized by The Free State Project. This year marks the 12th PorcFest. We hope you will join us for the festivities in Northern New Hampshire at Roger’s Campground for the most exciting liberty event of the year! See you there!

Register now to attend Porcfest 2015!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:50

We have a part-time opening for one qualified candidate. We are looking for a capable, knowledgeable, independent, and responsible individual who can manage day-to-day operations. This mostly includes answering phones, taking orders, providing basic support, assembling computers, processing orders, and running daily errands.

We are looking for someone who:

- Can put in: 30 hours / week
- Can work: 10:30AM-5:00PM M-F, Location: Flemington, NJ
- Has a vehicle & drivers license
- Has good communication skills
- Pays attention to details
- Has a lot of patience
- Has at least basic GNU/Linux administrations skills (ie: apt-get, md5sum, dmesg, lsusb, lspci, etc)
- Can work independently and without supervision

Email your resume in PDF or ODT to jobs at thinkpenguin c om for consideration with salary requirements, current location, and where you found this job posting. Please send us a brief introductory letter as well. No recruiters please.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 01:14

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 2015 event will be held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, WA on April 25th & 26th. Are you attending? If so stop by our booth and say hi!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 01:09

LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. LibrePlanet brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom.

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." Talks this year will touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous.

We hope to see you at LibrePlanet 2015, March 21-22 in Cambridge, MA.

Register now to attend LibrePlanet 2015!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 00:48

Hosted by the Free State Project, a movement to attract 20,000 liberty activists to one state, Liberty Forum is New Hampshire's premier liberty­ oriented conference. Over the past eight years, the conference has developed a reputation for attracting distinguished speakers from across the globe to discuss pro­-freedom topics.

Liberty Forum provides attendees the opportunity to discover more about New Hampshire during the winter time. It also provides a taste of the many benefits of socializing, networking, and working with a dedicated group of like­-minded people. Attending Liberty Forum is oftentimes the "clincher" to becoming an FSP participant.

Some of the topics of the past have included: 3D printing, asset forfeiture, cryptography, computer security, whistle blowing, free software activism, counter surveillance, anonymity on the internet, and anonymous digital currencies.

The event will be held March 5th - 8th, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

Stop by our table and check out some of the technology that'll help enable you to protect more of your privacy, anonymity, and civil rights online. Register for Liberty Forum 2015 now!.