Linux Installfest HOWTO

This information is an update and in addition to the Linux Installfest HowTo found on tldp.

Questions to the attendee:

Do you want to keep your files that are on this machine now?

You might think this is a given. However, a few weeks ago, at the hands of the Ubuntu LoCo team lead, an attendee lost all her files.

Something you never want to hear at the installfest – Oops!


Embedded Linux:

Today, many people are using Raspberry Pi. Some may want Raspbian or another Linux flavor for the pi. With qualified installers, you may offer installs for the following:

  • Raspberry Pi installs
  • Banana Pi installs
  • TP-Link or other routers with OpenWRT
  • Library Box

Computer Installs:

There may be some requests for Android installs on a computer

  • Android installs
  • GNU Linux distros
  • Instructions for responsible computing – informing attendees and installers about Spyware from popular distros and ensuring installers know how to remove the opt in feature

Current Media:

  • USB
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Netboot server

Demo Machine with multiple distro options:
Make demos available to attendees so they can make their own choice of distro

Ensure there is no obvious bias infecting the installfests

  1. Remove bias individual(s) from pushing any one distro by ensuring attendees have a choice. Demo machines can be provided for attendees to select the distro of his/her choice!
  2. Do not let anyone representing a distro run an installfest alone.  For example, it is fine for an Ubuntu or Red Hat employee to attend and assist but not influence the distro decision making process.
  3. If an installfest is a LUG event, this should not be infected by one particular distro. For example, the Ubuntu LoCo team has attempted to infect several installfest events that were started as PLUG events.
  4.  No one should be making a profit from botched installs that happened at the installfest. We hope there will be no botched installs!
  5. An installer who makes consistent errors and is not competent should be mentored.
  6. A new installer should be mentored.
  7. Any installer rude, disrespectful or condescending to other installers will be asked to play nice. The second offense will be a warning. On the third offense, the offending party will require mediation. Rude installers cannot be allowed to attend events such as an installfest. 
  8. Installers rude, disrespectful or offensive to attendees will be asked to leave, even if that is a temporary solution. A more permanent request to restrict the offender should be done through mediation.
  9.  Cameras and video equipment should not be running during the event. Video cameras should not be streaming an event unless these are in the location permanently and you are unable to disable these.

Furthermore, attendees may not be comfortable with being filmed.
Video equipment should not be filming attendees at any entrance.

We want the installfests to be a welcome and warm environment without any politics, bias or fear. We would like attendees to get a positive experience of our community and open choices.

Phone Installs

We do not recommend the install of Debian or Ubuntu on cell phones at this time. There is a high liability. Additional forms must be signed to ensure no liability is enjoined.