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 will be held at Sinclair Community College on Saturday, April 9. It’s in the basement of Building 5, Room 5041.

The Installfest will run from 10am to 3pm, but be sure to arrive before 2pm if you would like to get help with an installation. Bring your computer, or your Raspberry Pi and an SD card. Monitors will be available, but bringing the monitor you intend to use with your system is best, just to be sure everything works together.

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.

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.

We hope to have some tech talks going on in the room next door, and some drinks & snacks available.

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 <>.

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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,

  • Mike Lau

    During the Installfest will you help find the proper Linux print drives. I have an HP LaserJet P1006 and an HP Photosmart 5514 that would like to print using Linux.