bookmark_borderPenguicon Infrastructure Changes

Hello everyone,

As of December 21st, 2023, Penguicon has migrated all of its websites, domain registrations, and DNS zones off of DreamHost (which was costing us around $150 a year)! Thanks to a generous donation by Liberty Center One, a data center in Royal Oak, we now have a permanent home for all our web assets, including every Penguicon website since 2003. Additionally, we centralized our domain registrations and DNS zones to CloudFlare, which, on top of providing those services, also gives us a fantastic WAF (Web Application Firewall) to protect our websites better. You should hopefully see significant speed improvements to penguicon.org (and any subdomain of penguicon.org) and penguicon.social (our Mastodon instance). On the security front, in less than an hour of enabling the WAF, CloudFlare has already blocked more than 300 security threats.

We’re entertaining the idea of holding a “Penguicon IT Infrastructure; How the Sausage is Made” panel for Penguicon 2024, so hopefully, there will be more on that soon.

Please let us know if you have any issues accessing any Penguicon site you previously could access.

Thanks,

James Gamble

bookmark_borderPenguicon.info is Now Decommissioned

Hello everyone,

Penguicon.info once served as a planning and documentation wiki for all things Penguicon. Over the years, it’s been used less and less and hasn’t received a significant content update since 2019. That being said, we’ve archived the site, making it readable to anyone who’d like to look. It currently resides here: https://infoarchive.penguicon.org/doku.php/start – Additionally, DokuWiki has been patched to the latest version to resolve security issues.

I’ve also added a section to the website under “About” to document old assets that have been archived. You can reach it here.

Thanks,

James Gamble

bookmark_borderPenguicon Presentations Are Back!

Hello everyone,

Penguicon offered presenters a discount for several years by allowing us to publish their presentations on presentations.penguicon.org. However, that site broke at some point in the last year or two. While the content was still available on the web server, the software that presented the presentations to users was beyond busted. I’m happy to announce that I’ve recovered the presentations previously hosted on that site and have rehosted them here: https://presentations.penguicon.org/

If you have been a presenter in years past and still have your presentations and would like them shared, please send them to me at [email protected]. Include the year of the presentation, and I’ll get it added.

bookmark_borderSocial Media Changes

Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that as of noon ET today, December 4th, 2023, Penguicon no longer has an account on Twitter/X. You may view an archive of our account here: https://xarchive.penguicon.org/#/

We will maintain a presence on Mastodon (https://penguicon.social/@penguicon), BlueSky (https://bsky.app/profile/penguicon.bsky.social), and Spoutible (https://spoutible.com/penguicon). While this may be seen as an overabundance of official places to get Penguicon information, note that we are trying to reach folks where they are instead of getting them to come to us. Spoutible has begun allowing native crossposting to BlueSky with the addition of Mastodon in the coming week. That said, communications across all three platforms should be consistent in the future. Please send an e-mail to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Thanks,

James