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InstallFests are held every other month on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Our meetings are open to the public - anyone who wants to get linux installed or needs "hands on" technical support should show up.
We like our installfests to run longer than meetings, at least six hours because of the amount of time it takes to setup and break down computers and the messy cleanup. 10:00am is usually when we start, and things start winding down around 4 or 5pm.
What to Expect
A good number of attendees bring computer systems and set them up on provided tables. Some come to help or show off, and others come to recieve help. We highly encourage you to bring a computer or linux project in to show off.
It's not uncommon for several users to begin gaming sessions (quake, unreal tournament, etc). This is not a lanparty though. If your want to attend a gaming session - we suggest the Tacoma Lan Group (http://lan.shellfront.org/)
Don't be shy. If people are working away on someone's problems, you might never get your question answered unless you're a little more assertive than normal by squeezing your question into the conversation. Nobody will care (within limits, of course).
It is common for a group of our more active members to go out for dinner or a beer afterwords. If your interested in pure geek socialization, stick around and ask if anybody wants to grab a beer after the meeting.
You WILL be asked to sign our disclaimer/waiver.
What to bring
- Your interested friends and relatives.
- Your questions, which you should feel free to ask anyone anytime or ask the group in the "formal" part of the meeting. (Don't expect to be asked for your questions.)
- If you want to work on your computer at the meeting, then bring:
- Your computer system. Bring any peripherals which you want to use, as the club provides none. If you don't have a CDROM drive for an installation, bring a NIC (Ethernet network interface card).
- Power strips and cords, etc., as we provides none. An extension cord is usually not needed, but having one in your car would be good insurance.
- Specifications of your computer hardware, especially info on your video card, sound card and monitor.
- Blank CDR's. We have a Distribution Library, and if you want help installing Linux, a donation would be appreciated.
- Snacks! Pop & Water are greatly appreciated!
- Your PGP Fingerprint and Key ID. PGP Keysignings are common.
What you can do to help
Thanks go to
- Pacific Lutheran University and David Allen, for allowing us to meet on their campus. It's a great benefit to us.
- Chuck Wolber and Donobi for hosting this website and email lists.
- Joel Parker for running our Distribution Library
- Paul Edwards for running our Book Library