SCaLE 14 InstallFest by Ralph Sutter

I attended the Linux Installfest, a free Special Event at SCaLE 14.  The Saturday session ran from 10:00 am-4:30 pm on 01/23/16 and was repeated the following day.  The event was designed to help Linux newbies bring their laptop in the morning, leaving at the end of the day with a Linux operating system installed and some basic knowledge of how to administer it from the command line.

Perhaps the greatest challenge that I faced was in finding out how to register for the event.  The web site cautioned that seating was limited, based on a first-come/first-served basis and urged those interested to sign up early.  I scoured the SCALE site looking for a sign-up link but found none. 

I resigned myself to trying to sign up for the Installfest when I checked in for Ubicon on 01/21/16.  The person staffing the SCaLE registration desk told me that registration was closed but suggested that I just show up on Saturday, offering to bring my own chair.  That is what I did.  I arrived about 15 minutes before the event started and explained that I was unable to preregister but hoped that I could sit in on the event.  The organizer told me that there wasnít any pre-registration and invited me to take a seat.

I was more interested in hands-on mentoring at the command line than installing a new distro of Linux.  I was already running Linux Mint 17.03 Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 under Parallels on my MacBook Pro.

Orv Beach began the Installfest promptly at 10:00 am, distributing a DVD containing Korora 22 64 bit and a handout entitled Linux Bash Shell Cheat Sheet

For those of us whose laptop didnít have a DVD drive, Orv offered the necessary files on USB flash drives with the warning that he would hunt down anyone who didnít return them.  While the main presenter described what the future Linux experts should do to install Korora, many other volunteers helped us if we ran into difficulties.  By the time that we broke for lunch, everyone there had Korora up and running.

When we returned from lunch, the presenter demonstrated basic system administration from the command line. Though this part of the session was scheduled to end at 4:00 pm, the presenter, in an action well known at Linux gatherings, proceeded to amaze us with his command line wizardry well past that time.

I found the event extremely helpful.  I was able to ask questions and get one-on-one assistance.  Afterwards, I even got some suggestions as to how I could modify the host file on my Windows 10 machines to get better network access.

For me, these were 6 hours very well spent.

Ralph Sutter