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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. This InstallFest is a joint venture of WPLUG and HackPittsburgh.

When: The date of the InstallFest is Friday, March 16th, 2012, at 7:00pm.

Where: HackPittsburgh shop in Uptown

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]

Nothing planned yet. Are you interested on presenting a specific distribution or application? Sign up here!

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. Wireless Internet is available. Ask the HackPittsburgh host 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.


  • TBD


  • Ubuntu 11.10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Fedora 16 (DVD) (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Debian 6.0.4 (DVD) (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • CentOS 6.2 (DVD) (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • (There will also be the capability to create bootable USB flash drives able to boot multiple Live CD distros - bring your own flash drive... Your system's BIOS must be able to boot from a USB device in order to make use of a bootable USB flash drive. Only 32-bit Live CD distros will be available for this.)

How to help - Sign up here[edit]

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

  • Your name here. I am bringing ... Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Your name here. I am bringing ... Sodas, bottled water
  • 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.

  • Your name here
  • 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 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.