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Western PA Linux User Group Installfest

Simple details[edit]

What: An InstallFest is the perfect opportunity for you to try out Linux on your computer and see what others are doing with Linux. Those who just want to see what Linux is about can enjoy the free classes. Others may attend to install Linux on their computers. No experience with Linux or computers is required. This event is free and open to the general public.

When: The date of the InstallFest is Saturday June 6. The library is open 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. therefore the hours of the InstallFest will be 10:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Where: Brookline Library on the Children's floor meeting room.

At the InstallFest you can...[edit]

  • Bring in your computer from home and install Linux with the help of the area's leading experts. Help with configuring additional hardware or software on a pre-installed Linux machine is also available.
  • Get a free copy of Linux that you can take home and experiment with on your own time and at your own pace.
  • Play family-safe free games that you can take home and use on your own computer.
  • See what others are doing with Linux and free software in your area.
  • Learn how Linux and free software can help your home, non-profit, or business.
  • Get advice on how to get started on Linux on your desktop, laptop, or server when you are ready.

All of this is FREE!

Free classes - No experience required![edit]

All computer classes will be taught by Beth Lynn Eicher of Whitehall Boro. She is a professional Linux system administrator with 12 years of experience with computer support and 10 years experience with Linux. Mrs. Eicher will demonstrate that Linux and free software is safe and fun to use for people of all ages.

  • From 11 until 12 P.M. we will show how to configure filters to keep your children safe while browsing the internet with Firefox. The OpenDisc will be given to people who attend this session which is full of free software for Windows.
  • From Noon until 1 P.M. we will demonstrating "Qimo 4 Kids" which is a distribution of Linux for young children 3 and up. This is a nice setup for those who just want some simple educational games. Its all about safe games. The Qimo CD will be given to people who attend this session which will work on their home computer without installation.
  • From 1 P.M to 2 P.M. we will boot a Linux Live CD and play some family-friendly games. The DVD version of KNOPPIX which has hours of free card and arcade games. KNOPPIX also will work on your home computer without any installation.

No experience with Linux or computers is required. You come for just one class or the whole day.

Those attempting an install[edit]

Bring your computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cables. A computer that is less than 5 years old with a CDROM drive and network card is highly recommended.

Internet access local area network will be provided for those who are installing or configuring free and open source software.

Wireless internet is available to anyone with a library card. Ask the library staff for details.

Show up sooner rather than later allow yourself enough time to accomplish a complete install. The last install will start at 1:30 P.M.


This is a list of supplies and distributions that we will have available at the InstallFest.


  • One usb/ps2 keyboard
  • Ethernet cables
  • One 9" CRT monochrome SVGA monitor
  • One 15" CRT color SVGA monitor
  • Tons of power strips
  • Ethernet switches (One Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 48 port gig)
  • Once Dell PowerEdge 750 w/ NetBoot-PXE server (DHCPD) and NAT+PAT and IPv6!


  • Kubuntu 8.10 CD
  • Linux Mint 6 DVD
  • OpenSUSE 11.1 DVD
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 DVD (32 and 64 bit)
  • Ubuntu 8.10 CD, Desktop edition 32 bit
  • Ubuntu 9.04 CD, Desktop edition 32 bit
  • Fedora 11 Beta Games Respin, Live DVD
  • KNOPPIX 6.0.1 CD English
  • KNOPPIX 5.3.1 DVD English
  • Qimo 1.0 Desktop CD
  • Puppy Linux 4.2-k2.6.25-16-seamonkey CD
  • OpenDisc 8.10a (Free and Open Source software for Windows)
  • OpenSolaris 2009.6 LiveCD (32 and 64bit)
  • FreeBSD 7.2 for i386, x86_64, sparc64, pc98, ia64, and livecd for i386

How to help - Sign up here[edit]

LAN setup - move equipment into the building, turn on switches, deploy power and ethernet cables in a responsible manner starting 10 A.M. or as soon as we can get into the building.

  1. Vance Kochenderfer
  2. David Kraus
  3. Ted Rodgers
  4. Brian Seklecki

LAN cleanup - turn off switches and pack up WPLUG equipment. All people and stuff must be out of the building by 4 P.M. sharp.

  1. Your name here
  2. # Brian Seklecki

Technical support staff - these are people who are willing to field questions in your area of expertise. You will wear a name tag. Your name and area of expertise will be posted conspicuously inside the meeting space.

  1. Your name here. I can help with ... (basic desktop installs, wireless configuration, web server setup)
  2. Your name here. I can help with ... (distribution selection, mythtv, voip, open office and word processing)
  3. Your name here. I can help with ... (sound configuration, obscure hardware, graphics software, security)
  4. Your name here. I can help with ... (usb drive configuration, virtualization, programming tools, backups)
  5. Your name here. I can help with ... (<the name of your favorite distro>, Wine, printer/scanner setup)
  6. Your name here. I can help with ... (Linux gaming, disk partitioning, configuring a modem, dual display)
  7. Your name here. I can help with ... (Upgrading your hardware - memory, DVD drive, adding an additional card)
  8. Your name here. I can help with ... (Laptops, databases, Linux command line, networking, CD burning)

Refreshments - reimbursements will be provided for breakfast pastries. Note that we do not have access to refrigeration at this venue.

  1. Vance Kochenderfer I am bringing ... coffee
  2. Greg Simkins. I am bringing ... (morning beverages such as OJ)
  3. David Kraus I am bringing ... donuts and such
  4. Greg Simkins. I am bringing ... (anytime snacks such as fruit, nuts, or boiled eggs)
  5. Your name here. I am bringing ... (afternoon snacks such as chips or popcorn)
  6. Vance Kochenderfer I am bringing ... bottled water, Coke, RC and a cooler (don't have any diet sodas)
  7. Your name here. I am bringing ... (afternoon beverages such as water or pop in iced cooler)

General cleanup - make sure we don't make a mess. This entails cleaning up after the food and trash management.

  1. Your name here.
  2. Brian Seklecki

Car pool leaders - not everyone has a car, particularly in the East end of town.

  1. Your name here - the neighborhoods you are willing to drive thru - your contact info
  2. Brian Seklecki - Downtown, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Polish Hill, Strip District

What do I need to do to attend[edit]

  • If you just want to see the program, just show up! No RSVP required. This event is free and open to the general public.
  • If you are planning an installation and you have technical questions before the meeting, you can ask them on the wplug list.
  • Don't want to contact the list but you have questions about the installfest? No worries! Email events AT wplug DOT org and a real live person will get back to you.
  • Have questions about WPLUG? contact info AT wplug DOT org.


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