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Linux Installfests

What Is An Install Fest?

An Installfest is a free workshop held by Linux user groups like ours. Computer users get together to help each other install and configure the Linux operating system. Simply bring your personal computer to an installfest and people will help you get Linux up and running on it, for free! Note: You must RSVP first; see the checklist below.

  1. Requirements
    Hardware requirements for running Linux

  2. Preparation
    How to prepare computer prior to the Installfest

  3. What to Bring
    Which components of your computer system you'll need to bring

  4. Release Form
    Please read it!

  5. RSVP
    Finally, use this online form to sign up to get installed!
    (We ask that you RSVP at least 24 hours ahead of time!)

IF Schedule

Installfests take place on various days, sometimes Friday evenings, sometimes all‑day Saturday or all‑day Sunday. There's currently no regular schedule.

Any upcoming events are listed below:


Please arrive on time. We like to stagger when installees arrive, but if you arrive past later than 3 hours prior to the Installfest's end, we cannot help you.

Typically, installing Linux from scratch takes about 3 hours. However, be prepared to spend the entire day.


Who Organizes Them?

Volunteers from the LUGOD, the Linux Users' Group of Davis organize and run our Installfests. We also often run Installfests with the Computer Science Club at UC Davis.)

(For more photos from Installfests, check our Photos page.)

Where Are They?

We hold Installfests at various locations (sometimes on UC Davis campus, sometimes at a local business, etc.). The announcements will include the address and include a link to directions.

How to Get Installed

Please read over the following pages:

  • Requirements
    What kind of hardware you'll need to use Linux

  • Preparation
    How to prepare your computer previous to an Installfest

  • What To Bring
    Which components you'll need to bring to an Installfest

How to Help

If you'd like to help install Linux during an Installfest, or just want to drop in and watch, you can!

  • Subscribe to 'vox-if'
    We have a mailing list dedicated to preparing for Installfests. Details from RSVPs are posted, and volunteers can discuss who's going to help with what system, and try to track down necessary information before the actual event.

  • How to Help
    Who to contact if you'd like to volunteer, and other things you can do to help make these events successful!

If you'd like to help advertise this event, you can:

  • Download and print a flyer

Sign Up

If you wish to sign up for an Installfest...

  1. Read the Release Form

  2. Fill out the Online RSVP Form

See also: "Installfest" article at DavisWiki.

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