Free and Open Software Conference and Expo - Columbus, Ohio - October 2-3, 2015

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.

Schedule Preview

August 19, 2015vance

We're working on putting the final touches on our schedule and content, but in the meantime we wanted to give people an outline of what we're offering for 2015. Read on for more!

2015 Registration is Open

July 31, 2015vance

We are happy to announce that registration for this year's Ohio LinuxFest is now open. Please follow the registration link today to reserve your spot! We have created several tiers for you this year:

As always, pre-registration at the Enthusiast level is free of charge, in keeping with our desire to make the conference accessible to all. This gets you into all the keynotes, Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions, Saturday talks, and Early Penguins Track talks on Friday as well as the expo area.

The Supporter level adds benefits like a T-shirt, lunch on Saturday, and admission to the after party. You also get our deep thanks, as your financial support is a big reason why we can keep the conference free.

Lastly, Professional registration gets you in to all of the talks and the expo plus the Ohio LinuxFest Institute (OLFI) training sessions on Friday. The OLF team created OLFI for IT professionals who work with open source technologies and are looking to develop their skills and knowledge. Many companies pay for this registration on behalf of their employees!

We're also bringing back the popular keynote dinner as an add-on to all levels. There are a limited number of tickets, so register soon to reserve your seat at the dinner.

Many conferences make most of their money from conference attendees. In our case, it is only a small part of our budget because we give away the Enthusiast registration for free. The more people who sign up for a paid registration, the more we are able to offer to conference attendees! Please consider registering as a Supporter or Professional, or adding on a donation to your Enthusiast registration, as this will help us improve the conference and do more for you.

Alan Robertson to Keynote at Ohio LinuxFest 2015

July 8, 2015vance

Photo of Alan Robertson

The Ohio LinuxFest is excited to announce Alan Robertson as one of our 2015 keynote speakers.

More Hotels

June 27, 2015warner

We've arranged new room blocks with the Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, and Hampton Inn in addition to the Drury. The hotel blocks are limited, reserve your room soon. Check out the details on our hotels page!

Jorge Castro to Keynote at Ohio LinuxFest 2015

June 21, 2015vance

Photo of Jorge Castro
Photo by Graham Binns, used under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 Generic license

We are pleased to welcome Jorge Castro back to the Ohio LinuxFest stage to be a 2015 keynote speaker.

Valerie Aurora to Keynote at Ohio LinuxFest 2015

June 6, 2015vance

Photo of Valerie Aurora

The Ohio LinuxFest is thrilled to have Valerie Aurora as one of our keynote speakers for 2015.

Ohio LinuxFest 2015 Dates Announced

May 16, 2015suzenrose

We now have a contract signed, and Ohio LinuxFest 2015 will be on Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3! Once again, the action will be at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Please stay tuned to for additional details. Many pages contain last year's information and will be updated. In the coming days we will be announcing discount hotel rates and opening the call for presentations. The Ohio LinuxFest Institute professional training will be returning on Friday this year.

Registration will open later, and as always advance registration is free!

We'll have an expanded expo area for 2015 - if you are interested in getting a table, please see our sponsorship page or get in touch at

Mark your calendar, and get ready to join 1,000 other Free and Open Source Software enthusiasts like you!

Reglue Needs Your Help

November 19, 2014vance

If you saw the Ohio LinuxFest 2014 closing address by Ken Starks in person, you know about the Reglue project. If you didn't, watch it here!

Program online! (2014)

October 21, 2014suzenrose

Yes, a full copy of the program as a .pdf is attached and linked below.

Print copies will also be available at the check in table, but here you go for now...


Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and Katherine Hughes Courtney  for creating the program .pdf.


We Need Volunteers!

October 19, 2014suzenrose

Please consider volunteering - for a day or half day or maybe a few hours.

We are an all volunteer organization.

Check out this link for details and to fill in your

preferences.  THANK YOU!