[HLUG] Installfest?

Graham Cole grahamcole at nerdshack.com
Sat Sep 30 20:31:31 BST 2006

I would be keen to help with this activity.
On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 10:17 +0100, Matt Rhys-Roberts wrote:
> It was suggested at the last meeting that we might like to consider 
> having an InstallFest, where we bring along all sorts of new & old 
> computers and help each other get Linux installed on them.
> Regardless of the venue, such a project would require a good few mains 
> distribution boards ("adapters"), monitors, keyboards and mice. At work 
> we literally have a bucketload of mice which might be borrowable for an 
> evening.
> Oh yes, and the blessing of the venue keeper for us to a) strew a load 
> of mains cables around and b) generally tinker about at our own risk 
> would be useful.
> I might ask the Herefordshire Green Party (who were meeting opposite us 
> that night) if they know of any redundant spare machines, which with our 
> help could conceivably be made useful again to them or other worthwhile 
> groups. I'm also cautious not to volunteer any of us for anything 
> prematurely!
> Does any of the above sound like a good idea?
> Best wishes,
> Matt
> PS.
>   Installfest
>        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Installfest#column-one>, search 
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> An *InstallFest* is an event, generally sponsored by a local Linux User 
> Group <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_User_Group> or university, at 
> which people get together to do mass installations of computer 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer> operating systems 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system> or software 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software>, most often the Linux 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux> operating system and other open 
> source <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source> software.
> It is generally an advocacy and community-building event, where novices 
> bring their computers along with their preferred operating system 
> installation disks to the location of the installfest, and experienced 
> users help them in getting started and troubleshooting problems. 
> Sometimes a Linux distro <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distro> and 
> informative flyers are given for free to the attendants. Some events ask 
> for participants to bring power strips and network hubs if available.
> InstallFests welcome all skill levels from complete novice to expert. An 
> Installfest will range from an informal get together to festivals 
> involving food, drink, alcohol, and music. The tone and scope of a 
> specific event will depend on the organization sponsoring it.
> The word /InstallFest/ is a portmanteau of /installation/ and 
> /festival/. This term has slowly overtaken competing terms such as 
> /Installathon/ and the variant /Install Fest/. The captilization, 
> /installfest/ versus /InstallFest/, is still variable. /InstallFest/ 
> captures the festive atmosphere of people helping each other through a 
> sometimes difficult installation.
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