Report on InstallFest at CoEP : 31st July, 2010, Pune, INDIA
Event Statistics :
- Registered Participants : 40
- Unregistered Participants : 15-20
- Support Team of CoFSUG : 6
- Breakup of Installations (Specialization-wise):
Computers/IT – 21
Instrumentation – 7
Mechanical – 1
Electrical – 1
Not Indicated – 9
- Fedora to Ubuntu ratio = 3:1 (approx)
Event Summary :
- A local server was setup for the event from which users could download disk images/Fedora Installation guide for installation. It also listed various FAQs and commands to be understood post-installation. Shravan started off with a basic introduction of Linux to set the mood.
- There was approximately a 2 to 1 ratio of Desktop to laptop users. To give an actual feel of a live run and installation, A Fedora 13 Live VM installation was done for desktop users using Virtual Box. Laptop users had a choice of directly installing from the media which was provided.
- Upon successful completion of installations and answering queries, (which ate up quite a lot of our time) Shravan ran a small session highlighting basic commands in Linux. I carried on with a post installation Linux-for-your-trade session highlighting major packages available for different kinds of users. See Presentation for reference. I signed off with a how-to-install-packages session.
- Kushal, who had been there approximately from the start, but has been mentioned just now brought an interesting closure to the event with a mini session to sensitize the programmers in us by showing some of his interesting projects and basics of Python/Vala. He shared the experiences of his journey with Open Source and Fedora too.
- We had a popular request by users to teach a Live USB creation, but it couldn’t be completed due to shortage of time, However which we’ll cover it on the CoFSUG Google Group as links to guides/websites
Swag/LiveMedia Details :
- A total of 60 Live Media were given away with another 5 which are yet to be collected by some who missed the action.
- All the buttons and key-chains have been distributed among the participants. We ran short of stuff to the end and could not give both of these to everyone. Everyone got stickers however and a few are left with me still.
- We got some T-shirts too. The support guys all flashed Fedora at the event. We’ve decided to keep the remaining 4 T-shirts and utilize them by keeping each as a prize for weekly/bi-weekly coding assignments/contests to be put up on CoFSUG (Its not a bad idea I think!)