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LinuxWorld.com.au: Newcastle's Installfest: LOGIN to Linux

Sep 05, 2000, 04:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Installing Linux around Australia, Installfest 2000 arrived in Newcastle, New South Wales on Sunday August 20. The event was organised in principle by the Linux Owners Group In Newcastle, or LOGIN (http://login.linux.org.au)."

"The event was significant in that it marked the first occasion on which an Installfest 2000 gathering took place in a regional area of Australia. The other Installfest sites were Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane (held on the same weekend as Newcastle), which are all capital cities. "There were between 40 and 50 people there on the day," said Tim Walker, Technical Officer for Cybersite Consulting and LOGIN Webmaster. "This was pretty good, seeing as we only had 15 registers on the Web site and we only have a feeder population of about 500,000."

"The Newcastle Installfest was held on the same weekend as a mini-expo titled "Linux in Hunter Business". The latter event was organised by Cybersite Consulting (www.cybersite.com.au), a Linux and Open Source Software-based consulting company that provides support for Linux-based Newcastle businesses and ISPs. Other participants included Training4Linux (www.training4linux.com), Linuxcare and the Linux Professional Institute. "The business expo was run to generate more awareness of Linux in the general business community," said Walker. "Any interested businesses were invited to attend the Installfest, which was kept separate from the business side of things."

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