Free and Open Software Conference and Expo - Columbus, Ohio - October 7-8, 2016

The fourteenth annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held October 7-8, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency 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 at Hyatt Regency Columbus 2016

March 28, 2016suzenrose

The Ohio LinuxFest is proud to announce that we will hold our 14th annual event at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on October 7 and 8, 2016. Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.


The Downtown-Short North-Arena District location of Columbus, Ohio will be familiar to our guests while providing a more inclusive atmosphere. We will occupy the second floor which entails the three grand ballrooms. This means less walking and more inviting public spaces for interaction. We are also pleased that there are facilities for family restrooms and nursing mothers.

Also convenient are the food court, North Market, Einstein's Bagels, The Big Bar On Two, and the Hyatt restaurant.

Our preferred hotel this year is the Hyatt Regency. Having the conference and hotel in one place makes it extra convenient and accessible for families and those with physical challenges.

You can reserve your hotel room with the Ohio LinuxFest block at a discounted rate of $142 a night. Our special room block includes:

  • $4.00 discount on self-parking at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage for Overnight Guests
  • Complimentary standard wireless internet access
  • Complimentary access to the onsite fitness facility and pool.

The conference is open to the general public. Keep an eye out for conference registration opening later this summer!

Interested in presenting? E-mail The Call For Proposals will be opening soon.

Interested in sponsoring? E-mail

Downloadable Schedule and Program

October 2, 2015warner

We have a downloadable schedule and program available for you while you're at Ohio LinuxFest. See everyone at con!

After Party Update

September 29, 2015suzenrose

Party penguin
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Free Software Foundation: Saturday, October 3 at 8:00 P.M. we will hold a birthday party for the Free Software Foundation sponsored by Think Penguin.

The festivities will feature...

  • Birthday cake, ice cream, party games, and ticketed bar
  • Raffle of a Think Penguin computer

After party is free to professional and sponsoring registrants, and only $5 for enthusiast registrants.

Adjacent to the party we will have a live video stream from the Boston FSF Party which will include a special address from Richard Stallman.

To learn more about why we care, see this two-minute video about "30 years, Propelling User Freedom."

Personal Invitation

September 29, 2015suzenrose

Photo of Jon 'maddog' HallConsider yourself personally invited to OLF by Jon 'maddog' Hall. He will be discussing how far Free Software has come in the past 30 years on Friday evening Oct 2nd with Beth Lynn Eicher in conjunction with the 5:30 pm videos.

Dinner with the Keynotes

Schedule info

One great feature of Ohio LinuxFest is the top-notch keynote speakers we are able to attract. But surely these people must be unapproachable, living on a higher plane of existence, right?

Image of 2012 keynote dinner

Not at all! And you can sit down with Jorge Castro, Valerie Aurora, Alan Robertson, and special guest Jon 'maddog' Hall for dinner on Friday evening, October 24. As part of your registration, you can add the "Dinner with the Keynotes" option for just $75.

OLFI 2015: LPIC-1 Full Day Cram

Schedule info

LPI Certification is for experienced system administrators with at least 6 intense months of administration experience. We will cover the topics required for the LPIC 101 exam based on the 2015 objectives. To get the most out of the class, bring your own PC (Computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, power cords, surge protector, etc. Laptops encouraged.) Each student gets a tutorial binder for home study.

This session welcomes back Don Corbet to teach a 7th year of LPI instruction at OLFI.

Ally Skills Workshop

Schedule info

Would you like to be part of changing the culture of Linux to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

You can attend the workshop by applying on the form for the event. You will also need to register for the Ohio LinuxFest—pre-registration at the Enthusiast level is free of charge.

Please note that the workshop will start at 1:30pm and run until 4:00pm. It will be lead by Valerie Aurora, who will also be delivering a keynote on Saturday morning. This workshop is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous Linux kernel developer who donated $100,000 to the Ada Initiative last year in order to support women in Linux and greater diversity in open source software overall.

Birds of a Feather sessions

September 3, 2015vance

A common feature of many conferences, including Ohio LinuxFest, is "Birds of a Feather" sessions (commonly known as BoFs). These are returning this year on the evening of Friday, October 2 from 6-8pm, possibly running until 9pm if necessary. BoFs are an opportunity for people interested in a particular project, technology, or idea to get together for roundtable discussion. Lead your own BoF session to network and find others who are interested in your subject! Last year's topics included KVM, Vim, Projeto Cauã and a GPG keysigning party. If you're interested in organizing one, please fill in this Google form or contact our BoF coordinator John Harig at

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2015 Schedule Published

September 2, 2015vance

The Ohio LinuxFest team is excited to reveal our schedule for this year's event! We hope that you can find something that tickles your fancy among our awesome lineup of talks and other activities.

Please note that this is still a work in progress—we will be adding more sessions for the Career Track and Open Source Solutions Stage, not to mention our Birds of a Feather Sessions. Room assignments are also subject to change.

If you want to get in on the action, register today and we'll see you in Columbus!