Installfest Information

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 currently being planned — watch this space for details! To receive the details via e-mail once they are finalized, enter our Raspberry Pi drawing by sending an email to Please include your full name in the message. Adults 18 and older only, please!

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!

Scheduled Talks:

Please volunteer!
We need people to teach on almost any Linux or Open Source topic. Please contact Gary Turner (gt at dma1 dot org).

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  • Mike Lau

    I am looking forward to Installfest 2015. I have a Notebook and small desktower computers that I want to run Linux. See you on March 1st. I attended the group in 2010/11 before moving to Columbus. Thank you, Mike Lau,

  • Mike Lau

    Checking the calendar, I assume that Saturday, March 1st was the date for the 2014 Installfest and not the 2015 event. Feel free to send the notice regarding 2015 when available. Thanks,