[CLUG-chat] Upcoming CLUG Talk: What can CLUG do for you?

William Walter Kinghorn williamk at dut.ac.za
Sat Aug 8 10:34:53 SAST 2009

Hi Brent,

I agree with you about a "Linux Games Lan Day". You can start early, say 8:00, for the first 2 to 3 hrs hold the install fest ( which includes installing a Distro and installing of the games being played for that day ), yo must make sure that the helpers all know how to install the games on their particular Distro. will also need the MS Windows versions of the games, as then the MS Windows peoples can join, and see how well they work on Linux.

Then after the install fest, start the LAN. The people who already have experience in their Distro and are not helping with the install fest can join from here

You will still need more hand helping after, because they will need to be shown that Linux has more than games, I am not talking about servers,

If you see in the doc "Ubuntu-GNU-Linux-in-a-Month-of-Saturdays" that I sent in an earlier e-mail, the first 3 Saturdays are not Server Software, and the other doc is the first 2 Saturdays .


From: clug-chat-bounces at clug.org.za [clug-chat-bounces at clug.org.za] On Behalf Of Brent Clark [brentgclarklist at gmail.com]
Sent: 07 August 2009 16:27
To: OSS-Related Technology Discussions
Subject: Re: [CLUG-chat] Upcoming CLUG Talk: What can CLUG do for you?

William Walter Kinghorn wrote:
> Hi All,
> Personally, I liked the one and only Install fest that I attended here in Durban a few years back, I was a helper not a Newbie, but I want something more, like my email that I sent with 2 attachements, unfortunatly it has to be moderated before being sent, as it is bigger that 40k
> An install fest is where you bring your own PC/Laptop or whatever, and be helped installing your preferred Distro on it and hand out CDs and phamplets, That is if you or we have the right install CDs/DVDs, and also if we have a person who can help you with the preferred Distro. Beer is not a requirement, but some people seem to require it. After the fest some of the helpers sometimes go some ware for food and drinks.
> The CDs that are given are generally Linux related, but can be OSS apps that run on MS Windows ( Some people don't want to run Linux, but want OSS apps )
> William

Are we not digressing / moving away from the original thread with its
intent and meaning.

The whole thing was to get the numbers of attendances up.

Its nice that people want install fests etc, but as I said the point and
intent is missed.

On a side note.  A few years ago, there was SLUG, and I remember there
loads of committed helpers and TSF staff. But when the TSF, moved on and
stop doing school installs and install fests it all stopped. That
momentum died. WE / CLUG need to look for something thats more long term
and can maintain an interest. Install fests were nice, and it was nice
to help people years ago, but now, I think it will not be as effective,
as Im sure most will only really pick one distro and thats Ubuntu. And
Ubuntu really holds peoples hands right to  the end, so really it is
idiot proof.

Anyway heres my suggestion / thought. I dont attend these, but my
brothers friends do. Apparently once a month someone organises a LAN,
think its at the milnerton sports grounds. Theres quite a few people
that go. So how about something similar. If the person has Linux, then a
LAN with games that run on Linux (I suppose wine games count. Anyone for
Starcraft). But suggestions and jokes aside. I think most out there dont
really care about things like LDAP, or heartbeat with haproxy as a
loadbalancer. Its only the uber geek or career orientated geek thats
interested, while the others, their interest is games or hacking (how
about a hack fest). Which may show and lead others to the topics that
get discussed on CLUG.

My 2c, since its Friday.


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