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LinuxWorld: Installing Austin; The Linux welcome wagon

Jun 29, 2000, 01:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)


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"Installfests are often a newbie's first exposure to Linux and its surrounding community. Will such formative community-building meetings become a thing of the past if OEMs begin preloading Linux?"

"I was recently re-reading an Emmett Plant article from last November entitled "The Welcome Wagon"... that discussed the very real sense of community Linux enjoys. For an Army brat like myself who was the new kid on the block every couple of years while growing up, and who has probably seen more welcome wagons than most, the analogy hit home. And even though Plant was writing about the helpful spirit exhibited by many of the community's best-known individuals, I think the analogy holds true for installfests as well."

"Installfests have been part of the alternative OS scene for a long time; I first encountered them when I became enamored of OS/2 in the early '90s. Although OS/2 installfests are no more, Linux has definitely picked up where OS/2 left off. It goes without saying that if it were easy to buy OS/2 or Linux machines preloaded, as is the case with Windows, most of us would have never heard of or enjoyed these strange techno-social gatherings."

"This week I'm going to write about a recent installfest held by a member of the Austin Linux Group in his own home. I chose the Austin LUG (see Resources for a link) because of my long association with it and its history of hosting such events. According to Stu Green, one of the ALG's founders, the group has probably hosted 20 installfests to date."

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