Linux wannabes get help

Those wanting to take the plunge into Linux will find out everything they need to know about it at an upcoming Linux Installfest in Auckland.

Those wanting to take the plunge into Linux will find out everything they need to know about it at an upcoming Linux Installfest in Auckland.

The Linux user group will be running the event on March 30 at Auckland University’s engineering department at which people can bring in their computers and have the open source operating system loaded — presuming they’ve backed up their hard drives first.

User group member and software developer Dylan Reeve says people will be able to choose whatever flavour of Linux they want.

“We won’t nuke Windows. We’ll partition the hard drive, install the Linux distribution of their choice, get it going for them and give them some instruction.”

Reeve says Linux “install fests” happen worldwide and there have been several in New Zealand but none that have been widely publicised.

The organisers ask that people interested in going register beforehand at The NZ Linux Resource or Linux Installfest to let them know what sort of hardware they’ll be bringing along.

There will also be an area where people can donate old unwanted computer parts and let those interested have a go at building their own workstations from scratch and have Linux installed on those machines.

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