When and Where

This semester, Spring 2015, Installfest will be taking place on March 4 in Main Street of the Commons. We'll start setting up at 11, and will be ready to begin installing by noon, and the event will be over by 6.

What is Installfest?

Linux Users' Groups are not only communities for existing users of Linux to find camaraderie and support, but are also advocate organizations. We want to enable and empower individuals to take control of their computers by using free and open software.

Each semester, we run Installfest, where seasoned Linux users volunteer their time to help newbies install Linux on their computers. We provide a wide selection of Linux flavors, appropriate for people of all skill levels. All of the services and software involved are free.

How do I get Linux Installed? / How does this Work?

If you want Linux, and want us to perform the installation, then you should come to Installfest. There is no information to fill out in order to sign up, but please bear in mind that we ask you to back up any important documents or programs, and defragment your hard drive before you arrive, (if you want to retain your old files).

Before Installfest, you should back up any important data or programs on your computer, even if you are looking to dual-boot Linux and your current operating system. In the time before Installfest, you may want to start reading about available Linux distributions, and forming an opinion on what flavor might be best for you.

You may also try out our demo laptops, which will be outfitted with common Linux flavors, to help you get a better idea what you might want out of Linux. Prior to starting installation with one of our volunteers, you'll be asked to sign a release form, acknowledging that we can't provide any sort of warranty on your installation. Afterwards, one of our volunteers will help you choose a Linux flavor, guide and you through installation, assist you in installing any software you might need, and give you information on how to use your new operating system and what do if you encounter problems.

Be aware that all of the installers at the event are volunteers, and we can't provide any guarantee that your system will work the way you want. Sometimes, installs can take more time than we have available at Installfest. If that happens, you can come to our weekly meetings, during free hour every Wednesday, to complete your install.