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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: Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Where: Wilkins School Community Center Auditorium - Ground Floor

Photo of a previous Installfest

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]

Nicholas Schembri will be talking about installing Linux distributions to flash media such as USB drives and SD cards.

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.

A wired network will be provided for those who are installing or configuring free and open source software. Wireless internet will also be available in the auditorium.

Show up sooner rather than later allow yourself enough time to accomplish a complete install. The last install will start at 2:30 P.M. We will be closing down the network and cleaning up starting at 4:30 P.M. so we can be out of the building by 5 P.M.

If you are bringing bulky/heavy hardware, pull your car into the school driveway and drive around the back to the basketball court. There is an access ramp there leading to the auditorium. This area is for loading and unloading only, so move your car back to a legal parking space on the street once you've gotten your stuff in the building.


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)

If you're bringing distribution media, please list the name and version below.

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 12 P.M. or as soon as we can get into the building.

LAN cleanup - turn off switches and pack up WPLUG equipment. All people and stuff must be out of the building by 5 P.M. sharp.

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.

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

Refreshments - reimbursements will be provided for breakfast pastries.

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

  • Your name here.

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

  • Your name here - the neighborhoods you are willing to drive thru - your contact info

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 general questions about WPLUG? See the about page or contact