This page should tell you everything you need to know to turn up and get Linux installed on your computer. The InstallFest is open to everybody. We will endeavour to fix any sort of Linux installation problem right from "I don't know how to install Linux" through to "How do I make device X work with Linux".
Everybody in the LUG is encouraged to come to the InstallFest, even if you already have linux installed on your computer, the day is intended to be a social time, bring your computer along and show off what you have installed. It is also a great chance to bring friends to as there will be plenty of linux machines around to demonstrate with, even if your friend is not intending to install linux at least they can get a feel for what they will end up with on their computer.
Although it's called an InstallFest it's going to be a lot more than that, it's a social event for the LUG, a time to get together and help each other and also a chance to promote linux into the community.
To enable us to ensure that we have sufficient resources and people on hand to assist you please register your intention to attend at the following page. http://www.wlug.org.nz/archive/installfest/registration.php
Although Linux is famous for running on old hardware, things will be a lot easier for yourself (and us) if you don't try and force linux on to the oldest peice of computer hardware you have lying around. We will be installing a full graphical system by default so the following is suggested as a minimum hardware requirement:
Provided your HardDisk meets the requirements specified in the above sections, access to any other operating systems installed on the disk should be easily retained through a Multiboot solution.
The distribution that we will be recommending is Fedora (Core 1), however we will be happy to help with other distributions if you desire something else. Please use the registration form to notify us if you are planning on installing a distribution other than Fedora Core 1 so that we can ensure we have the appropriate resources / skills available. If you have not notified us that you would like to install a different distribution we cannot guarantee that we will be able to get anything to work.
Advertising for the InstallFest is being co-ordinated by MattBrown. You are encouraged to tell as many people (and groups of people) about the InstallFest as possible but please make sure you have touched base with MattBrown before submitting advertisements to any publications to ensure that an advertisement has not already been submitted and that the details you have are correct. When emailing a news outlet with a press release please use the text from the top of the InstallFestPressRelease page and then link to the rest of the information, keep the email short and to the point, if the journalist is interested in finding out more information they can use the provided URL.