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Running an InstallFest

0) 1-2 weeks Before Term Starts

Pick a time and date for the InstallFest. The usual LUG time (Tuesday at 6pm) generally works, and we usually have a room for it as well. Contact Tina Batten from EECS to reserve KEC1005 or KEC1007. Week 2 or 3 is generally a good time to have InstallFest, since students in the introductory CS classes have realized they need Linux but haven't gotten it yet.

  • Take inventory of the USB sticks available. If there are less than about 20 install disks available, get a bunch of cheap 1-2GB ones online if you'd like to hand them out to participants. Print stickers with the LUG's logo and url, and label the giveaway sticks before handing them out.

Alternately, if the USB sticks available are 4GB or larger, make them able to install multiple distros using ...more

This guide will provide a brief introduction to the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy (LFSH; ie, the filesystem layout) for those familiar with Windows. The first section will clarify any terminology used, the second section will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the LFSH, and the third section will provide a brief rundown of the LFSH. The goal is to help new Linux users figure out where things are located.

note: Linux has directories; Windows has folders. They're basically the same thing.


"Where is Program Files?"

Linux has no single location for most of its executable (think \*.exe) files. Instead, these files may be located in one of multiple, mostly pre-determined, locations. Most notably:

  • /bin contains non-administrator executable files necessary for system booting.
  • /sbin contains ...more

Corey Shields, IT manager at Mozilla, stopped by to demo a prototype device running FirefoxOS. FirefoxOS is a Linux-based mobile operating system that runs entirely on Gecko, Firefox's browser engine. It runs cross-platform HTML5 apps that can also be installed from Firefox for Android on Android devices. It is currently marketed towards the low-end smartphone market in third world countries.

The interface is also HTML5, written in HTML, JS, and CSS. Similarly Tizen, the Linux Foundation's mobile operating system, will run webapps, and theoretically apps written for FirefoxOS would run on Tizen (along with other browsers).

FirefoxOS is currently under heavy development by Mozilla. It has device APIs, that are attempting to be standardized, that allow it, essentially a browser, to access hardware interals ...more

How to Write a Guide

0) Identify a topic about which we need a guide. If you have an idea, great! If you're looking for something to write about, check out the open issues about Guides. Ask around in the IRC channel and at meetings about what people would like to see guides on, as well.

  • Remember that you don't have to start out as an expert on a topic in order to create a great guide. In fact, someone new to a subject is at an advantage when writing an introduction for other newbies, because experts often leave out information that seems obvious based on their years of experience.

  • To learn more about best practices and other areas that require expertise with your subject, interview an expert! They're usually happy to share, especially to help make a guide from which many people will ...more

Why Join LUG?

Reasons to come to LUG

1) We're open to all levels of experience. You don't have to know anything about Linux to come. We do a lot of things more related to open source technology than Linux.

2) Being familiar with Linux is a valuable asset when looking for a job/internship. You are more than likely going to run into a situation requiring basic Linux knowledge at some point in your career.

3) A lot of your future classes will be made easier by being comfortable with Linux and other open source software. CS311 and CS411 - Operating Systems - require you to use Linux throughout the course on our schools servers.

Information About Install Fest

The Install fest is aimed at a variety of skill levels. You only need your laptop and power supply, and we'll provide everything else. Expert Linux users will be there to walk everyone through the installation steps to ensure your data is ...more