[opensource] We Need a Linux Install Fest!

Ross Litscher rlitscher at speakeasy.net
Thu Oct 29 09:20:44 EDT 2009

Back in the day, we had a club event during the XP (was it XP? Circa  
2001 or so) release day. We set up a table in one of the engineering  
buildings I think (I don't remember the name, but it was pretty open  
and had decent foot traffic), and had free CD's to hand out.

Rather than go to some closed room some distance away from the MS  
event, why not set up right outside it handing out free CD's of Free  
software like OpenOffice or your distro of choice? Then point people  
to the "Open Source Install Fest". Coffee and snacks would help too :)

I like the idea of handing out OpenOffice, because it presents people  
with a lightweight choice that they might not know existed. Gimp might  
be a good one too, I know how widespread copyright violations of  
photoshop is/was. Has anyone played with a MythTV distro? That could  
be fun too.


On Oct 28, 2009, at 9:16 PM, Michael S. Yanovich wrote:

> Paul, it looks like that Bitlocker is only available on enterprise  
> and ultimate editions of Vista and Windows 7. I am not sure which  
> versions Microsoft will be installing at this Install Fest but I am  
> pretty sure they won't be giving away there most expensive version  
> to students. However, I do agree that we should check with students  
> to see if they have it on their hard drive. Does anyone know of a  
> way on a Vista or 7 installation of how to check if Bitlocker is in  
> use?
> Also must agree with Paul again I do like Swaney's idea of "Now that  
> you've got Win7, add Ubuntu as well and have both!"
> I do think we should have several distributions available for users  
> to choose from. I was thinking this could be a start:
> Ubuntu, Kubuntu, OpenSuse, Mandriva, Linux-Mint, maybe Fedora?
> This doesn't have to be the "de-facto" list this can change as the  
> date approaches.
> -- 
> Michael S. Yanovich
> yanovich.1 at osu.edu
> On 10/28/2009 09:10 PM, 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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