[Chester LUG] Install Fest

Dan Lynch biglynchy at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 14:02:21 UTC 2009

I think an install fest event at the University would be perfect. I'm happy
to help promote it in any way I can and also help with demos if needed. I
think waiting till after the Jaunty release and asking Canonical to ship us
a box CDs is a very good idea. They will do that I believe if you present a
proposal to them of how you will distribute them, I could check up with
Popey and some of the UK Loco team. I don't know the finer details of it.

Manchester Free Software are holding a Jaunty release party at the BBC
Manchester bar 7pm on Friday 24th April. I'll be going along to if anyone
fancies it? There's information on Facebook, not exactly open source but I
suppose you have to go where the poeple are -

I would say probably May makes sense for this event in Chester then, with
the Jaunty CDs but I don't mind really. Happy to go with the consensus. With
regard to Liverpool LUG and events, I've been talking to some people from
Sound Network in the city about organizing another Open Source City event
one weekend later in the year. Probably October. It's all in it's infancy at
the moment but obviously we'd like to get as many people involved as
possible. Manchester Free Software are already interested. I think we could
easily get 100 people to attend and some of them stay over, get some
interesting speakers, maybe have hardware hack sessions as well. The guys in
charge are very interested in Arduino and making things. The netbook idea
could tie in if that's not too late in the year for you. There would
hopefully be some live music and a party in the evening. We'd need sponsors.
Nothing has been set in stone yet, it hasn't even been penciled in, we're
really just discussing ideas but it wouldn't be for 6 months or so anyway.
An install fest in Chester before that wouldn't clash at all I don't think
and we could probably get a good few people along.

There are a lot of like-minded groups in the North West it seems all
thinking about events. It's great to see. I'm happy to help out with all of
them in any way I can :)


2009/3/27 Les Pritchard <les.pritchard at gmail.com>

> That's interesting to hear.  Yes the netbooks have really introduced a lot
> of people to it, although wasn't that some stats released the other week
> that the share of linux on netbooks has declined?  It did say that the share
> of linux in the server market has increased.
> Let us know if Liverpool LUG has any good ideas for an event like this.
> Les
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:51 AM, Richard Smedley <
> smedley358 at btinternet.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 2009-03-27 at 09:41 +0000, Les Pritchard wrote:
>> > The idea of running an Install Fest has been mentioned a couple of
>> > times at the LUG (including last night).  I think it could be a great
>> > idea to hold something where we can demo Linux to people and between
>> > us I'm sure we have enough laptops running completely different
>> > versions / looks to please most people!
>> Happy coincidence :-)  we've just been discussing something
>> similar at Liverpool LUG. Specifically, an afternoon of
>> Netbook installs, as there are a lot of new GNU/Linux users
>> thanks to Netbooks, and many are curious about Ubuntu netbook
>> re-mix & all the rest, but would like a friendly face to
>> walk them through it :-)
>>  - Richard
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