Install Fest success

The Kentucky LoCo team in partnership with the University of Kentucky LUG and the LPLUG had our first ever Install Fest on 4/21/07. None of us had ever been involved in something like this before so it was all new to us. We were not really sure what or who to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to have about 26 people (including members) there at one time. Of those there were about 8 that were looking for help with upgrades, dual booting or fresh installs.

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There were two presentations given at the event. One was on beryl and the other discussed what Linux and what it can do.

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All in all it was a great time.

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It has already been mentioned that we should do another one in about 3 – 6 months.

Some things that we learned:

  • Do not plan to have an install fest that only runs 3 hours. If someone is wanting to do an upgrade from one release to another it will take longer than that.
  • If possible, get access to the location of the event the day before or early the day of the event. That way you can make sure that things like internet access are taken care of.
  • Plan the agenda. If members are doing presentations have time slots set so that the flow of the day stays smooth.
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  1. #1 by mdz on April 26, 2007 - 5:07 am

    For network upgrades, I recommend installing a suitably configured caching proxy, so that packages only need to be downloaded once for any number of upgrades during the installfest.

  2. #2 by PLUG Member on April 26, 2007 - 9:36 pm

    Congratulations on your first installfest. PLUG and ASULUG have had experience with a few (ASULUG does one each semester and PLUG does one each month). These are typically all day affairs with swag to raffle off donated from local sponsors.

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