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 this Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. It´s on the first floor of Building 5, Rooms 5122 & 5123. The Installfest will run from 9am to 4pm, but be sure to arrive by 3pm if you would like to get help with an installation.

Bring your computer, or your Raspberry Pi and an SD card. (We’ll have a few SD cards available for sale in case you don’t have one yet.) We’ll have keyboards and mice on-hand. 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 help you install, configure, or tweak your system to get everything working just the way you want. We’ll also be glad to answer any questions that you have about Linux or other Free software.

We´ll have some of the most common Linux distributions on hand, but be sure to let us know ahead of time 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.

There will be pizza & snacks (provided by Sinclair), and you’re welcome to come by even without a computer, just to hang out and talk about computers or help other folks.

We will have some tech talks going on in the room next door; the schedule is still being finalized.

If you have questions beforehand, we encourage you to join our mailing list and ask!

Scheduled Talks:

1:00 — Open Source Engineering and Science Software (60 minutes)
The open source community has numerous projects useful to the professional engineer or scientist. These programs range from office suites with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation capabilities to full blown computational fluid dynamics code with multiple solvers. This talk will review current open source codes that have reached the professional level.
Please volunteer!
We need people to teach on almost any Linux or Open Source topic. Please contact Gary Turner <>.

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