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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: The date of the InstallFest is Saturday, May 15, 2010. The library is open 9am to 5pm and another group has the room starting at 3pm, therefore the hours of the InstallFest will be 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Where: Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Boulevard Monroeville, PA 15146-3381

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]


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 with Internet access will be provided for those who are installing or configuring free and open source software. Wireless Internet is available to anyone with an Allegheny County library card. Ask the library staff for details. Please refer to our acceptable use policy for the network. Show up sooner rather than later allow yourself enough time to accomplish a complete install.


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


  • Several keyboards
  • One 9" CRT monochrome SVGA monitor
  • One 15" CRT color SVGA monitor
  • A plethora of Ethernet cables, switches, and power strips


  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (all available architectures)
  • Fedora 12 (all available architectures)
  • Android x86

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 9:00am 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 2:30pm 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.

  • 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. Note that we do not have access to refrigeration at this venue.

  • David Kraus ... Donuts, bagels, OJ and Half & Half
  • Vance Kochenderfer ... Coffee/tea
  • Vance Kochenderfer ... Sodas
  • Your name here. I am bringing ... (anytime snacks such as fruit, nuts, or boiled eggs)
  • Your name here. I am bringing ... (afternoon snacks such as chips or popcorn)

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

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 mailing 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? contact info AT wplug DOT org.