6th ALE / KSU InstallFest

How to Prepare

Please download and complete the Pre-Installation Questionnaire. This will help us ensure the correct expertise is available to you. Or, if you prefer, running a Linux script on the machine will capture the most essential data.

  1. If the machine is running Windows, please defragment every partition on the drives *before* coming.
  2. Backup your valuable data, if you haven't already. See our page on backups for help. Even if you don't plan on installing Linux, everybody should have backups!
  3. If you have a laptop, don't forget to bring your power adapter. If you have a desktop, only the tower will be necessary.
  4. Skim over our list of distributions; we typically install Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, or CentOS.

      What To Bring?

      • Patience - for a new installation, about 2 hours is needed if everything goes well. More time will be needed if there are surprises. It is possible to install Linux in 15 minutes for someone familar with the hardware and used to installing.
      • The PC you want to load Linux onto. It should be pre-setup as shown below.
      • We will have standard monitors, keyboards and mice available, so if you have a desktop PC, just bring the "tower" and power cord and any video converters if your monitor isn't standard.
      • We will have wired internet connections available, but KSU students can use their wifi credentials. It would be a good idea to bring a network cable just in case. Getting wifi working is often a challenge.

      Computer Prerequisites

      For the best outcome, your PC needs to be ready for Linux. What does that entail?

      • To load Linux over your existing OS (wiping MS-Windows) means zero preparation is needed. We like to wipe.
      • For a dual boot setup where you can choose to boot MS-Windows or a version of Linux, the prerequisites are a little more involved:
        • Backup your system before coming to the installfest.
        • Defragment your Windows Partitions before the InstallFest - search for "defrag" in Windows7
        • Ensure your system has at least 2 logical partitions available - about 15GB of storage, more storage is better, 25G is roomy.
        • Ensure Windows doesn't use Dynamic Partitions. These are not supported by Linux.
      • For a virtualized setup where you will run Linux under a virtual machine in MS-Windows, the following is needed:
        • Storage to install VirtualBox (or some other VM technology you are familiar with). About 100MB
        • Storage to access at least 1 Linux ISO file (about 1GB)
        • Storage to create a virtual-HDD to run Linux from. This storage can be 100MB or 10GB or more. 15GB is the recommended amount.
        • Fast enough CPU to support virtualization; a Core2Duo is about the minimum for a happy experience
        • RAM; at least 2GB RAM, but more is better.