[opensource] We Need a Linux Install Fest!

Brian Swaney swaneybr at cse.ohio-state.edu
Wed Oct 28 14:03:23 EDT 2009

About Alek not having Linux, I really had no idea. I know he used (or 
still uses, not sure) Windows 7, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have 

We really need to consider that one of the key things which sets us 
apart from Microsoft (and friends) is that we are not anti-competitive. 
The principles behind open source software are about freedom -- that you 
can use any kind of software you feel is 
appropriate/desirable/necessary. Open source is about freedom, and if we 
are truly free then we have the option (ironically) to switch to a less 
free operating system or other program. If we belittle or condemn use of 
non-Linux operating systems, like what it appears we are doing to the 
club president (now I should point out this would be different if he 
were trying to /promote/ or /advocate/ Macs over Linux to the club), 
then we are no different from Microsoft; or rather, some sort of 
deviant, totalitarian cult. No hard feelings I'm sure, but let's not 
lower ourselves to Microsoft's level.

On to the room request, I think it would be awesome (and actually funny) 
if we had a room right next to where Microsoft's event is going on. If I 
remember correctly (correct me if not) there are multiple adjacent 
conference rooms in the basement of SEL, which is where SE070 is 
located. We could even have a thing where right after installing Windows 
7, you add a GRUB menu and install a second operating system right on 
top of it.

For Microsoft fanboys (not me), this is in fact a holiday, by the way. 
Short of Windows XP, Windows 7 is quite possibly the best operating 
system ever to come from Redmond, WA.

A. J. Lingo wrote:
> I appreciate your offer to help, Scott. It sounds like a wonderful idea.
> I do wonder, however, if it would be possible to get a room in the SEL 
> at the same time. Make it easier for people to install both at the 
> same time if they desire.
> Also, Scott, Michael was not seriously berating Alek for his choice of 
> OS, it was only a friendly ribbing. No need to accuse him of a sense 
> of elitism, even if you are more fair and enlightened ;-)
> -- Lingo
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM, Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net 
> <mailto:skippy at skippy.net>> wrote:
>     On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Michael S. Yanovich
>     <yanovich.1 at buckeyemail.osu.edu
>     <mailto:yanovich.1 at buckeyemail.osu.edu>> wrote:
>     > I think we should either have a Linux Install Fest on the same
>     day as the
>     > Windows 7 Install Fest. We could either host this in our office, the
>     > computer lab in Caldwell or maybe we could try to rent a room
>     somewhere near
>     > the Science and Engineering Library (the location where the
>     Windows 7
>     > Install Fest is), and around the same time as the Windows 7
>     Install Fest
>     > too.
>     I can probably (help) reserve a room for you guys in Scott Labs, which
>     is right next to SEL.
>     > *Unfortunately our current President isn't setting a good
>     example of using
>     > an "Open Source" operating system. At the moment he is currently
>     using Mac
>     > Book Pro with only Mac OSX on it. :(
>     May I suggest that the Open Source club not adopt your sense of
>     elitism? In the Real World(tm), you'll be hard pressed to find any
>     organization that uses exclusively open source software from
>     end-to-end. A good computer user should use the best tool for the job.
>     Sometimes a closed solution is the best one for the job.
>     Moreover, open source software encompasses A LOT more than just
>     operating systems. I use Mac OSX on a MacBook Pro because it was
>     issued to me as part of my job. I use open source software atop the
>     closed source OS as much as possible; and I advocate open source
>     software when it's appropriate.
>     Cheers,
>     Scott
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