I am moving this from to the project list from marketing list as Bryen suggested
Since a lot of people have done openSUSE install fests over here on
the list, what were the most common problems faced during installation
as this can prepare anyone for an upcoming install fest.
Here are the replies which I got on that list. I would like more
people to add their views
I remember 10.1 (or 0?) demo dvd (official) 2 about 3 where buggy, and
made the demo fault. Written dvd are also often faulty :-(
I have myself organised the install fest and would like to tell you
some of the problems we faced:
Firstly If you are planning to use a projector make sure that you
configure the projector settings well in advance since it usually
Secondly,try to distribute some video tutorials for those willing to
install on their desktops back home.
Also try to cover more than one linux distros.Make sure you do not get
into troubles with OS issues with laptops of some vendors .
BTW Good luck and do ask for any other help.
My experiences are humble on this field. This is the way I've done it:
1. Manpower > provided by PLUG (Portuguese Linux Users Group).
2. Merchandising > is cool to have, can be a pain if it is in low
numbers due to demand. Having at least a token for everyone who shows up
3. Place > depending on your audience targets, this is nice. In my case
I've hired a public space with very good conditions, Aveiro's Cultural
and Congress Center. Which also offered proper conditions (power plugs,
ethernet infra-structure, acceses, car parking, localization, etc).
4. Sponsorship > in my case the greatest sponsor was actually SuSE GmbH
(2 crates of merchandise), Sun Microsystems provided around 1K of
StarOffice 5.1 CD's, Red Hat Inc provided some stickers. Most of this
contacts were made using connections with people which worked for us,
except for SuSE which I handled personaly because I was SuSE user. Sun
Microsystems and Red Hat were contacts made through people we know on
those companies which were our clients.
5. Showcase > if you can get a hardware sponsorship which can lend you
some equipment for displaying stuff, this is great.
Logistics will probably be your great problem. So be prepared to commit
at all levels on logistics. That was the strongest barrier we had to
This was a nation wide event by the way, and we had from 400 to 500
visitors during the 2 days of the event, and people from all over the
From my experience:
- Wireless not working (IOW, dont know how to connect to a secured
enterprise wireless network)
- Fingerprint reader not working
- There is no "Refresh" menu on right-click on Desktop (yeah they say that)
- Where can I download anti-virus software ?
- How can I play DVD (Best solution: Install VLC)
- There is no Microsoft Word ?
Excellent initiative to be asking this question. I commend you.
My guess is that most of the troubleshooting problems will be related to
hardware, with prime examples being video and wireless. But many of
these problems are resolvable through various solutions, depending on
the specific hardware. It would be a good idea if you could gather up
as much as you can and have a cd or USB of these drivers, etc. ready on
hand to pop into machines at install fests.
Also, I recommend that we use the power of community experience here.
While the event is something of a marketing event, the questions you are
asking are more technical-oriented. Therefore, you will get the best
bang for your buck if you ask the community at large to offer up their
experiences, via -project mailing list. Especially since not everyone
on marketing teams are technical.
Good luck and keep us posted on what you learned!
Bryen M Yunashko
openSUSE Board Member
openSUSE Marketing Team lead
GNOME-A11y Outreach lead
Also, use IRC if you have Internet, to help users with questions, and to show
how it works :)
(but warn ahead of time people in channel that other watching conversation :)
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InstallFests are not common in europe anymore since maybe 10years. We
all here have good access to the internet here and Linux can be
installed much easier as 13-15 years ago.
The only event here that make a thing thats nearby are the Chemnitzer
They call it Praxis Doctor Tux its a kind of help station for problems.
I worked many years there and last I was responsible for this station.
So maybe I can give u some advise.
*First and important point is set information before installation. Dont
force them to use a specific distro because u like this distro. Let them
choose self be only a indepentant adviser
*tell the guests always what u doing and why, involve them in decissions
*there was a point here in that discussion "medias are sometimes not
readable" thats mostly not the media mostly is the drive guilty. The
lenses are smoothy and have problems to read burned medias.
If u have one there exists cleaning sets for that problem. But with
original medias ur on the better side,
Another solution for that problem and not for that problem only is to
use network install from an server in the internal network. Thats my
first choice because u avoid not only the reading problem its much
*remember after fresh installations there exists always updates. Two
possibilitys run a server (can be the same tftp from the net install) or
run a proxy so that not all packages have to delivered from a far server
in the net.
*u see I talk about updates, installation means not to give away a fresh
installed system it means give away a system with them ur guest can
work. So install multimedia codecs and other stuff he needs to!
*problems with exotic hardware. Thats true there are some problems with
WLAN drivers, graphic card drivers and in the last years that
fingerprint reader stuff, as Sankar said. The problem changes every year
so that u can not really prepared for it.
The only helpful thing here is to offer a registration with the promise
that they would be handeled first. So that u know who comes with what
devices and u can do researches before the InstallFest
so hope that points are helpful
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