4th Annual ALE-NW InstallFest @ SPSU Saturday 9/20/14

Filed at 9:56 am September 12, 2014 under by JD P

A public invitation to Free Software, Free Technical Help and Free Information from the generous, patient, friendly and informed Open Source technology professionals of Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts

We will help YOU install a version of Linux onto YOUR PC. Installs can take over 4 hrs or can be completed in just 30 minutes. Preparation is the key.

Many different versions of Linux will be on-hand (Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian). All installations will be legal. We cannot provide Linux-Mint due to legal issues, sorry. However, you are free to bring the ISO and get help.

We will also have follow-up help resources available.
* Free ebooks books (a few free Linux books will also be available)
* Free Linux Group Information
* Free Forums for Support
* Free Google Searches!

When: Saturday 9/20 10am until 5pm
Where: SPSU J-266 (Atrium Bldg) – Near I-75 and South 120-Loop
Directions: link

Installer Logistics
Pre-Install Work
* Defrag any Windows Partitions (critical for virtual machine installs, but also for shrinking partitions)
* For MBR systems, shrink partitions to make room for 2 more partitions for Linux (/ 15G-25G and swap 2G or RAM size); Logical partitions are fine.
* For GPT/UEFI systems, just shrink the available storage so that 15G-25G is free. Creating the new partitions is easy.
* If the GPT/MBR question isn’t understood, come earlier in the day and be prepared for massive data movement which will take hours.
* Backup the system BEFORE coming to the InstallFest. Data and OS loss can happen, though unlikely. A Windows restore disk may be required to boot Windows for Dual-boot installations.

What to Bring

* PC (the “hard drive” part)
* USB Flash drive that can boot YOUR PC; empty. We will use this for your Linux installation
* long network cable, if possible. WiFi is NOT available.
* Excitement + Great Attitude! This is fun stuff!
* Patience – most of the time, Linux will install easily. Sometimes it is less easy.

We will have switch ports, a few current Linux ISOs, VirtualBox binaries for Windows, knowledge from performing many, many, installations over the years. We will also have monitors, keyboards, mice available and a limited number of ethernet cables. Wifi connections are only possible for SPSU students.

We are NOT allowed to setup a wifi-hotspot.

Please Volunteer!

Think of this as an opportunity to raise your installation skills on someone elses’ PC, with the watchful eyes of experts available, if that helps. It is a great way to see how well the different Linux installations slide onto different hardware too.

Your help is needed to make this community outreach as successful as possible. Every year, we have always been short a few volunteeers. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Come when you can, help with what you can, leave when you need to. People with a smile are just as important as gurus on UEFI. Morning and afternoon volunteers are still needed.

Sponsors Needed
Please contact jd for more information. There is a huge return for very minor sponsorship investment.

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