One of the things we like to do is help other people use and enjoy Linux. To that end, we sponsor several Installfests each year, where anyone having difficulty installing or configuring Linux (or any Free software, really) can bring their systems and get hands-on help.
Our next Installfest is Saturday, April 13th at Sinclair Community College (rooms 5041 and 5043). Bring your computer, your monitor and your questions, and we’ll help you install, configure or tweak your system to get everything working just the way you want. There will also be talks, snacks and cool folks to hang out with and talk computers.
We’ll have some of the most common Linux distributions on hand, but be sure to let us know if there is a particular distro you want or if you have unusual hardware of some kind. That way, we can try to be prepared to help you. Bringing the monitor you intend to use with your system is best, just to be sure everything works together.
If you have an operating system and/or data already on your system and want to keep it, please be sure to back it up before coming. It’s usually possible to install Linux alongside your current operating system without losing anything, but accidents do happen.
If you have questions beforehand, we encourage you to join our mailing list and ask!
- 11:00 — Corrupting the Youth: a survey of programming environments for kids (45 minutes)
- Several open-source projects have been created to help introduce kids to computer programming by creating programming environments more intuitive and fun than simply writing code at a text editor. We’ll take a quick look at several of them, some suitable for teens and others for kids barely into elementary school.
- 1:30 — Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Concepts (30 minutes)
- Object-oriented is the most common programming paradigm in use today, but some people who’ve only programmed in procedural languages find object-oriented terms and concepts mysterious and intimidating. We’ll take the mystery out by explaining the motivations and fundamental techniques of OO programming with some easy-to-understand examples.
- ??? — Thoughts on Cloud Backup Services for Linux & Windows (60+ minutes)
- Data backups are critical, but few of us really take the time to do them consistently. Part of your backup strategy needs to include off-site storage in case of disaster or theft, but that gets neglected as well. One solution to both of those problems is automated cloud backup. In telling a personal story of solving my own backup needs, I’ll relate my experiences with a few commercial online backup services that work on multiple platforms. In the process, I’ll go over some of the things to consider when selecting a cloud backup service to meet your own needs.