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1. Introduction

This document provides some guidelines that should help you run a successful installfest. For purposes of this document, an installfest is a gathering at which experienced Linux users assist less experienced users with the installation and configuration of Linux distributions, and where Linux users can bring Linux systems to receive assistance with system problem remediation.

Please take from this document whatever you want. It is meant to be a guide, not a recipe that must be followed exactly to have a successful installfest. Any installfest where most of the people leave happy is a successful event.

1.1. Copyright and License

Copyright (c) 2003 through 2011 Eric Meyerhoff. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

1.2. Scope

In order to limit the scope of this document, there are some issues that will not be covered:

  • While other activities may occur at the same time and in roughly the same location as an installfest, they will not be considered part of the installfest for the purposes of this document.

  • This document does not include any discussion of technical issues related to the installation of any Linux distribution.

  • This document does not currently contain any discussion of installfest server or network configuration, although such a discussion may be added to this document in the future. It may be more appropriate for such information to be contained in a separate HOWTO.

  • This document does not contain any discussion of new user education.

1.3. Version

The current version of this document can be found at The Linux Documentation Project (http://www.tldp.org)

1.4. Translations

You are welcome to translate this document into another language but please see the TRANSLATIONS section of the license for information regarding your responsibilities.

Also, please work with the helpful and kind people at The Linux Documentation Project (http://www.tldp.org) so that you can contribute your translation to the project.

1.5. Disclaimer

No liability for the contents of this document can be accepted. Use the concepts, examples and information at your own risk. There may be errors and inaccuracies, that could be damaging to your system. Proceed with caution, and although it is highly unlikely that accidents will happen because of following advice or procedures described in this document, the author(s) take no responsibility for damage claimed to be caused by doing so.

All copyrights are held by their by their respective owners, unless specifically noted otherwise. Use of a term in this document should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark. Naming of particular products or brands should not be seen as endorsements.