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If we change the venue, or any other details about where and when the
installfest will be, it will be mentioned here, and posted to the SVLUG
Installfests need a
home after January 2010.
The Regular Time
Third Saturdays, every single month.
11 am 'til 4 pm
For the next few months, that will be:
- Sat., Aug. 21st, 2010 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm suspended unless there's a new venue
- Sat., Sep. 18th, 2010 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm suspended unless there's a new venue
- Sat., Oct. 16th, 2010 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm suspended unless there's a new venue
- Sat., Nov. 20th, 2010 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm suspended unless there's a new venue
The Regular Place - through January 2010
Evergreen Valley College
3095 Yerba Buena Rd.
Roble Building, Room RF-241
What to do
What not to do
Some issues we attack
|Note there are also Linux installfests hosted twice monthly by
CABAL at Rick & Deirdre's
house in Menlo Park, as well as ones conducted occasionally by
SlugLUG (Santa Cruz),
NBLUG (Sebastopol), and
- The event itself is usually unformatted — no pre-set schedule
of activities. When you arrive, check with the installfest personnel on
where to set up your system. We try to keep people with new
installations together, and people with troubleshooting issues together.
Then, go to work. Our gurus will be there to help. Feel free to ask
- There is no fixed schedule of activities, though occasionally we will
have an expert come give a mini-seminar on his or her area of expertise.
- Due to the finite size of the work area, we ask that you be prepared
to share tables with other installers.
What To Do
- Bring your machine, including monitor and anything
else it needs to work.
- Bring a power strip. If we have a shortage of outlets,
people who bring power strips get priority at the wall outlets.
- Whether you are doing a new Linux install or just an upgrade,
make a backup of your current system before you
come. If something goes wrong, we want to be sure that you lose
- If you are installing a new version of Linux, bring your installation CD
and documentation. (Some Intel-based installation CDs may be there for
you to use, but don't depend absolutely on it.)
- We will have a 100baseT local-area network hooked up among our machines,
so bring your NICs!
- If you have one, bring an Ethernet hub. Since attendance is somewhat
unpredictable, it doesn't hurt to have several extras. (Be sure to
ask before connecting it: We want a topology where one hub is just
for other hubs to connect to, and ideally only one-hub-deep
connections from there. Some distant parts of the room may need
an extra hub for that area.)
- Some regular participants have found it handy to make a box of stuff
they regularly bring to the installfests.
What Not To Do
- Don't count on others to have spare monitors,
power cables, keyboards, mice, non-Intel Linux distributions,
etc... although if you intended to bring them and forgot, ask
around before driving back home to get them.
- Our hours of operation are 11am to 4pm. Don't
arrive at 3:00 and expect to get much accomplished before we
have to shut down for the day.
Some Issues we attack
(Thanks to Alvin for
this text — even though some of what follows is a bit outdated, by
- which hardware does NOT work
- boot disk, root disk, CD-ROM boots, NFS boots
- fdisk, format, fips, MBR, FAT, partitions
- loadlin, lilo
- DOS: config.sys, autoexec.bat
- kernel compilation, libraries, file system
- csh, bash
- Perl, gcc, tk/tcl, expect
- X11 Setup, screensavers
- printer, keyboard
- DNS and Virtual Domains
- PPP, Slip Dialup scripts to your ISP
- NFS, Win95, WinNT, Sun
Major Application Issues
- Sendmail, Smail
- Majordomo, ListServ
- Apache, CGI scripts
- Multimedia sound, video
- DES, PGP, trusted hosts
- Walk-in Attacks
- E-mail Attacks
- FTP Attacks
- Web Attacks
- Misc. Attacks
- Daily, Weekly, Monthly Backup & Cleanup scripts
- Disk Backup, NFS backup, Tape Backup, UPS
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