[opensource] We Need a Linux Install Fest!

Brian Swaney swaneybr at cse.ohio-state.edu
Wed Oct 28 23:39:06 EDT 2009

Thanks, Paul. Yeah, I was perhaps a bit too hasty with the suggestion, 
but we really do need to make sure things are working and people can get 
all their files before we proceed anyway, just because we're modifying 
their partition tables. Bitlocker or not, we don't want to screw up 
people's filesystems, especially during classes when they likely have 
papers/projects/homework/notes that aren't backed up.

Yanovich: Don't give them Fedora (stability); CentOS instead maybe, but 
I personally recommend Ubuntu since it's meant to meet the standards of 
a network admin, but again for said admin's grandmother (which is sort 
of who Microsoft is aiming their advertisements to). In regards to CD 
labels, we already have our own club branded CDs, remember?

Scott (and Paul): You can actually install Ubuntu from within Windows 
(removable by Add/Remove Programs) using the Wubi gadget in the LiveCD, 
so that could be an interesting way to go. Not sure how Bitlocker play 
along with the Windows bootloader modifications made by Wubi. As for 
other software, I am proficient in both OpenOffice (far more than the 
Microsoft version) and GIMP (far more than Photoshop), so I can demo it 
a little.

Just out of curiosity, what do you all think would happen if this whole 
data loss thing happened while they were installing (upgrading) Windows?

-Brian Swaney

Paul Betts wrote:
> (Oops, hit enter too fast)
> I really like that pitch that Brian suggests - "Now that you've got Win7, add
> Ubuntu as well and have both!"
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 6:09 PM, Paul Betts <paul at paulbetts.org> wrote:
>>> I do think this is possible we just need to start talking to people. I think
>>> getting a room in the basement of the SEL right next to the Microsoft room
>>> would be a great idea and a great way to spread the word. Also Brian Swaney
>>> suggested that we could advertise or mention that we could keep their
>>> Windows installation alone and install Linux side by side and let the user
>>> have the option via the Grub bootloader.
>> Make sure that you don't install Linux on people with Bitlocker enabled, it will
>> hose their bootloader - most people won't have it, but you *really*
>> don't want any
>> cries of "You broke my computer!!"
>> --
>> Paul Betts <paul at paulbetts.org>
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