Removable Storage For GNU/Linux

Hardware That Actually Works
 5.25-inch 16x SATA DVD-RW Writer (TPE-525DVDRW)
Looking for a traditional DVD writer for a larger modern desktop with a 5.25" bay and SATA? We've got this.

  • Traditional 5.25" drive with SATA port designed for a traditional desktop system

  • Burn Discs Fast: Supports burning DVD-R discs at up to 16x and can read CD-ROMs at up to 40x

  • Plug & Record: No need to install any drivers, just your preferred burning software like Brasero or K3b

  • Supports writing: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R Dual Layer, DVD+RW, DVD+RW Dual Layer

  • Works with all major GNU/Linux and free software operating systems

  • Includes drive & SATA cable available as a separate purchase option below


USB Type-C 4-in-1 Multifunction Card Reader (TPE-C41CDRD)
Don't go with any card reader, but a high quality high speed USB 3.0 type-C card reader that supports the most common card formats new and old. Get support for the more popular card formats like SD and the newer SDXC to older formats like Compact Flash and the Sony Memory Stick. This multi card reader supports: Memory Stick, MicroSD, Compact Flash, and SD Cards (up to SDXC)

Be confident in knowing you're getting a high quality, highly compatible card reader with superior design that you can use again and again on any operating system or distribution. Many card readers are built cheaply and won't work well. Not this card reader though. This is one of the good ones.

  • USB 3.0 memory card reader supports up to 5Gbs

  • Also backward compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0

  • Uses one of the best Realtek card reader chips

  • Included short 15 cm cable and plugs into any USB type-C port

  • Works with every distro: No dependencies on proprietary OS loaded binaries or drivers

  • Support for all popular and libre (free) distributions


Fast shipping:

Most customers will receive this item within 1-5 business days when selecting our "Standard Shipping" option or our USPS shipping option if within the US. Most others in populated regions will generally get it within 6-10 business days.

(* large quantities may take longer to deliver)
Category Specification
Card Slot Compatibility SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, TF, Compact Flash, Sony Memory Stick
Kernels Supported All recent kernels
Features Supports reading and writing one card at a time
Interface Universal Serial Bus (USB) revision 3.0
USB speeds Support super fast data transfers up to 5Gbps through USB 3.0 interface -10X faster than USB 2.0
4 card slots Micro SD/SD/CF/TF/MS/M2/XD
OS Compatibility Linux, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1./10, Mac OS (Note: We do not provide end user support for operating systems made up of primarily non-free software)
Size 73 x 42.5 x 14 mm


Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)


Ultra Slim USB Blu-ray / DVD Writer For GNU / Linux (TPE-BLUDVUSB3)

Careful what you buy- Not all Blu-ray drives are the same! Many can't burn Blu-ray discs and others that can have sketchy support for playing Blu-ray media, but not the Penguin Ultra Slim USB Blu-ray / DVD Writer. Our portable Blu-ray Writer can both play Blu-ray media and features support for burning Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs.

Unlike many "new" optical drives on the market we utilize premium components to ensure reliable performance and longevity. This drive works great for anyone looking to add an inexpensive easy-to-use backup solution to their computer or for playing Blu-ray video discs.

For those interested in Blu-ray for entertainment our USB Blu-ray writer also utilizes the coveted LG BU40N SATA drive and a SATA to USB chip that ensures maximum compatibility with the flashing of third party firmwares. This when combined with third party firmware ensures it's possible to playback most Blu-ray media on the market today. The flashing of third party firmware is both possible, but also easier than with a handful of other drives on the market where this is also possible. This is because there is no locking or encrypted firmware.

Looking for a low cost backup solution? With Blu-ray write speeds of up to 6x and discs capable of storing 100GB it's hard to go wrong. Discs are available in 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB capacities. The drive is also compatible with many popular burning applications for GNU / Linux such as K3B and media / video players such as VLC.



  • A Perfect Companion For Thin & Light Laptops : At 14mm in height the drive fits in any bag seamlessly

  • Burn Discs Fast: Supports Blu-ray speeds up to 6x, DVD+R discs at up to 8x, & CD-Rs at up to 24x

  • Firmware Updates Compatible: With third party firmwares our drives can play most Blu-ray discs

  • Plug & Record: Up to 100GB of files, photos, & documents can be recorded onto a BD-XL disc

  • With Third Party Firmware & Supported GNU/Linux Software: Play & Even Rip 4K Ultra HD Video

  • Best Supported Blu-ray Drive For GNU/Linux & Freedom: In-house & third party documentation

  • Includes USB Type-A Cable for maximum compatibility with newer and older laptop models


Fast shipping:

Most customers will receive this item within 1-5 business days when selecting our "Standard Shipping" option or our USPS shipping option if within the US. Most others in populated regions will generally get it within 6-10 business days.

Category Specification
BD-R (SL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 6x CAV
M-DISC BD (BD-R) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV
BD-R (DL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 6x CAV
BD-R (TL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV
BD-R (QL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV
BD-R (LTH) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 6x CAV
BD-RE (SL/DL/TL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV
DVD-R (SL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 8x CAV
DVD-R (DL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x, 6x ZCLV
DVD+R (SL) (Max Write Speed) 2.4x CLV, 4x PCAV, 8x CAV
M-DISC DVD (DVD+R) (Max Write Speed) 4x PCAV
DVD+R (DL) (Max Write Speed) 2.4x CLV, 6x ZCLV
DVD+RW (Max Write Speed) 2.4x, 3.3x CLV, 4x, 6x, 8x ZCLV
DVD-RW (Max Write Speed) 2x, 3x CLV, 4x, 6x ZCLV
DVD-RAM (Max Write Speed) 2x, 3x CLV, 5x PCAV
CD-R (Max Write Speed) 10x CLV, 16x PCAV, 24x CAV
CD-RW (Max Write Speed) 4x, 10x CLV, 16x ZCLV
BD-ROM SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-R SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-R TL/QL 6x CAV
BD-R SL LTH (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-R SL LTH (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-RE SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-RE TL (Max Read Speed) 4x PCAV
BDMV (AACS Compliant Disc)(SL/DL) (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
DVD-ROM SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD-R SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD+R SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD-RW (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD+RW (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD-RAM (Max Read Speed) 2x, 3x CLV, 5x PCAV
DVD-Video (CSS Compliant Disc)(SL/DL) (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
CD-R/RW/ROM (Max Read Speed) 24x / 24x / 24x CAV
CD-DA (Max Read Speed) 24x CAV
BD-ROM ACCESS TIME (1/3 STROKE) 250ms typ.
DVD-ROM ACCESS TIME (1/3 STROKE) 200ms typ.
CD-ROM ACCESS TIME (1/3 STROKE) 200ms typ.
BD-ROM SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE 26.97 MB/s (6x) max.
DVD-ROM SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE 11.08 MB/s (6x) max.
CD-ROM SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE 3.6 MB/s (24x) max.
BUFFER SIZE 4MB Buffer Under-run prevention function embedded
HOST INTERFACE USB 2.0
OPERATING SYSTEMS (supported) GNU/Linux
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (Minimium) CPU Intel Pentium D 3.2GHz or Higher (with USB 2.0)
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (Reccomended) CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz or higher
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS HDD 30GB or more of available space
(60GB for Blu-ray Disc authoring)
RAM 1GB or Higher
BD Video Playback CPU Following CPU recommended - Intel:E6400 or higher


Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)


The drive is supported across all recent distributions and releases. If you have any questions feel free to contact sales.

Please note: We only provide direct support for select functionality and documenation as is posted to our web site. We are unable to provide end-user support for third party documention or functionality enabled by third party firmwares. This includes third party firmwares, flashing of third party firmwares, ripping of audio/video discs, and playback of any commercially produced content not under permissive licensing.
2-in-1 USB Type-C SD Card Reader W Support For SDXC, SDHC, and MicroSD (TPE-USBCRDRDER)
Do you have a need for speed? This USB-C SD card reader supports the latest and greatest SD standard: SDXC. The SD Express bus was released in June 2018 with SD specification 7.0. It uses a single PCIe lane to provide full-duplex 985 MB/s transfer speeds similar to NVME M.2 SSD cards in modern laptops. While SDXC is never going to be quite as reliable for some tasks such as OS boot devices by comparison to larger devices like 2.5" SSD drives and M.2 NVME SSD cards this will none-the-less introduce a great performance boost for tasks that involve sequential reads and writes such as for video, photography, and music.

  • Ultra-Compact: Just 1.97 x 0.67 x 0.39 inches in dimension

  • Works with modern systems that may have fewer USB type-A ports

  • Supports: MMC, RS-MMC, SDXC, SDHC, UHS-1, Micro SDXC, SD Card, Micro SDHC, Micro SD

  • Universal Compatibility: Works with all distributions: No dependencies on proprietary OS loaded binaries or drivers

  • High-Speed Data: Sync an entire photo album or music library in seconds, with up to a 5 Gbps data transfer rate

  • Support for all popular and libre (free) distributions


Samsung USB 3.1 Flash Drive FIT Plus (64GB-256GB)
In need of something smaller? The Samsung FIT Plus is designed to plug in and stay. With it you can expand your storage with a compact flash drive that is seamless and unobtrusive. The penguin edition of the drive includes options for formatting with GNU/Linux friendly filesystems such as ext4 making the drive a better fit for GNU/Linux users looking to transfer large files (those over 4GB), doing routine data transfers between GNU/Linux systems, and backing up data all without running into permission (with the selection of ext4 we'll make sure the ACL bit are appropriately set for maximum ease of use between GNU/Linux systems) or other issues.

We're not going to be holding back any secrets to achieving a smooth user experience either. If you've never formatted a USB drive before or ran into issues like we're describing and want to learn how to format a drive for optimal results check out this great little video.
  • Optionally formatted with ext4 and set with the right ACL bits to ensure maximum functionality and use between GNU/Linux systems without having to deal with user permission issues

  • Optionally formatted with fat32 so there is no need to install special drivers on any operating systems

  • Optionally formatted with NTFS for optimal compatibility on larger drives between GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows systems
When you select the ext4 w/ acl option under file systems our drives work great for performing offline backups of your data: Check out this video tutorial on how to securely perform a backup up & restore of your entire home folder using Déjà Dup even between different distributions and releases (included with many popular distributions).

Please note this item is only available for shipping within the United States or with the purchased of a computer if shipping overseas.

Category Specification
Stating Capacity 64GB
Warranty 5-year limited warranty
Speed Reads up to 300 MB/s for 256/128/64GB models
Supported Systems Linux / Linux-libre 2.6+ (all recent distributions supported)
Compatible Systems (depending on filesystem) Microsoft Windows XP / 10 / 11 / 8 / Vista / 2000 (sp4), Linux (with a 2.6+ kernel), Mac OS X v.10.3.x and above
Fedora Workstation USB Flash Drive Installation Media w/ Installation Support (TPE-FEDFLSDV)
Fedora is a distribution geared at the desktop and backed by Redhat (acquired by IBM in 2019). It provides an ideal familiar platform for system administrators and others who use Redhat Enterprise Linux, Alma Linux, Rocky Linux, and similar distributions in the enterprise. Fedora has one of the shortest life cycles of any distribution in use today. There is a new version released approximately every six months and each new release is supported for about a year. By comparison Redhat Enterprise Linux with an extended life-cycle support subscription can receive critical security updates for as long as 12 years. By comparison to other popular desktop-oriented distributions the range is frequently closer to 3-5 years.

  • Includes the Software Center and dnf for quickly and easily installing a large selection of applications

  • Fedora is a leading community supported GNU/Linux distribution in the desktop and workstation space

  • Installation support is available for 6 months from the date of purchase: Have questions? Just ask

  • Ships on a high quality USB flash drive with images that have been authenticated with GPG and the data integrity verified

  • Security conscious customers are also encouraged to run through our online instructions for authenticating the image written to the USB flash drive to ensure it contains what we shipped and matches what the Fedora developers intended, in other words, that the flash drive has not been intercepted by a significant adversary and modified to include a backdoor or other malicious software

Please note: We'll ship the latest release of Fedora unless otherwise requested.

* Please note that while GNU/Linux has support for a lot of hardware not all hardware is created equal and the user experience may suffer on systems that aren't fully supported or designed for GNU/Linux. If you need advice on the best hardware to get feel free to contact our support team.
The Penguin NAS 4 Bay Mini Server For GNU / Linux
The The Penguin NAS 4 Bay Mini Server For GNU / Linux packs a lot of power in a small package. It's fast, upgradeable (CPU/RAM), and based on the 10th and 11th generation Intel processor technology (LGA1200). Unlike many NAS devices on the market this one has proper support for free software operating systems (as do all our other products in the catalog) ensuring that it'll work today, tomorrow, and far into the future. This Network Area Storage device works great for the home office and small business user.

  • Available with up to a 11th generation T series low power i7 8-Core Intel CPU

  • Expandable: Four hot swap 3.5" bays with support for up to 64TB of storage

  • Included: Fast 250GB NVME boot drive included with upgrade options available

  • Expandable: Up to 64GB of DDR4 ram, optional wifi card, and x16 PCIE slot

  • Next generation network connectivity: One built-in 2.5Gbps LAN controller + optional 10GbE

  • Support for most popular and libre (free) Linux distributions

  • Not dependent on proprietary drivers or other OS-loaded binary blobs/firmwares

  • Looking for documentation on setting up network file sharing on GNU/Linux? Check out our tutorial




International Order? We stock US/Canadian, [censored] ("UK" style plug type G), [censored] ("Europlug"), Japan, New Zealand, and Australian AC adapters/plugs. For other countries please inquire. Shipping to most international destinations takes 3-5 business days. Taxes/duties not included. If the configuration you want is not an option below please contact support with your regional requirements.

All laptops, desktops, and servers are assembled at our US facility. This means taxes are not included in the prices shown. The taxes depend on the final destination of the goods rather than where the order was assembled. Orders going outside the US will therefore have any local taxes collected on delivery. To get an idea about the local tax rate in your country check out this wikipedia article.

Category Specification
CPU (Max Support) i9 t-series CPU
Socket 1200
Chipset Intel® H510 Chipset
DDR4 Memory 3200(MAX) / 3000 / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 2
Max Memory (GB) 64
PCI-E x16 (up to PCIe 4.0 for 11th Gen, 3.0 for 10th) 1
SATAIII 4
M.2 Slot (NVME) 1 (note: this comes occupied depending on configuration)
TPM (header) 1
LAN 1x Realtek ® 8125B 2.5Gbps LAN controller
Optional WiFi Chip Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 (802.11n 2.4 Ghz)
USB 3.2 ports ("Front") note: case does not include front USB ports, although an internal port is available
USB 3.2 ports (Rear) 2(Gen 1, Type A)
USB 2.0 ports (Front) note: case does not include front USB ports, although an internal port is available
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 4
Audio ports (Rear) Realtek® ALC897 Codec
DisplayPort 1
HDMI 1
Motherboard/Enclosure Form Factor Mini-ITX
Graphics (details) 1x HDMI 2.0b with HDR port, supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz
1x DisplayPort 1.4 port, supports a maximum resolution of 5120x3200 60Hz
* Depending on CPU selected
Storage 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports
1x M.2 2280 slot (up to PCIe 3.0 or SATA 6Gb/s)
Default distribution Most recent version of Ubuntu LTS
Power PicoPSU-80 or 120 and 60W or 120W adapter depending on CPU
Compatible with Linux, Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit(UEFI mode only)
(MS Windows not included nor technical support included)


Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)


Out Of Warranty & Other Support Services Available
Price
For Mail-In Service Add (Per Computer) $39
USB Peripherals Setup/Tutorial
(Printers, Portable Audio Players, etc.)
$39
Operating System Installs $59
Software Installations $39
Networked Peripherals Setup/Tutorial (Printers, etc.) $39
Data Transfers of up to 4TB $59
Data Transfers of up to 8TB $99
Diagnostics (this is only if no repairs are made) $65
Upgrades/Repair (per half hour; if no others apply) $65
Phone Support (per half-hour / non-warranty) $65
OS Media $39
Discounted blocks of phone support are available for purchase. It's US $230 for 5 half hour blocks and US $400 for 10.
Partial List Of Supported Releases:

Trisquel 10, 11
Slint 15+ (includes proper support for visually impaired users)
Linux Mint 19, 19.1, 19.2, 19.3, 20, 20.1, 20.2, 20.3, 21, 21.1, 21.2, 21.2 Edge, 21.3, 21.3 Edge
Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 5, 6
Ubuntu 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10, 22.04, 22.10, 23.04, 23.10
Kubuntu 17.10, 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10, 22.04, 22.10, 23.04, 23.10
Lubuntu 17.10, 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10, 21.04, 21.10, 22.04, 22.10, 23.04, 23.10
Debian 11, 12
Fedora 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39
Manjaro 21.2.2+
openSUSE Leap 15.5+
openSUSE Tumbleweed

Most recently released distributions are compatible out of the box. Contact us for details about support for your preferred distribution.
elementary OS USB Flash Drive Installation Media w/ Installation Support (TPE-ELEFLSDV)
elementary OS is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's long term support releases. It promotes itself as a "thoughtful, capable, and ethical" replacement to macOS and Windows and has a pay-what-you-want model.

  • Includes the "AppCenter" providing users with a suite of additional apps

  • The leading commercial desktop GNU/Linux distribution

  • The OS is developed around a 'pay what you can' model *

  • Ships on a fast USB flash drive

* We will make a contribution for each purchase of this product to the ElementryOS developers. * Please note that while GNU/Linux has support for a lot of hardware not all hardware is created equal and the user experience may suffer on systems that aren't fully supported or designed for GNU/Linux. If you need advice on the best hardware to get feel free to contact our support team.
Spin-X 4.7GB 16X DVD-R White Thermal 50 Spindle (TPE-47GB16XDVDR50)
If you are looking for high quality DVD-R discs that are compatible with your DVD or Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.

Verbatim 100GB 4x BD-R XL Blu-ray 10 Pack Spindle ( TPE-100GB4XBDR10)
If you are looking for high quality Blu-ray discs that are compatible with your Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.