LinuxFest Northwest 2013

Bellingham, WA April 27th & 28th

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Starting with Fedora

This presentation would be 50 minutes long, and explain to users new to linux, or simply the Fedora distro how to get Fedora up and running comfortably on any computer, basic shell commands, and the added benefits of using a more advanced distribution of linux to get started, rather than Ubuntu, or Linux Mint (for examples). I think that there are many added benefits from putting your entire foot in the water, rather then just dipping your toe in. And while Fedora isn't the most user friendly distro out there- it isn't quite as complex as Arch.

As someone who has been using Linux for the past 10 years, and has helped on the Fedora Project from time to time, I see a lot of people who are switching to Linux because they want to try something new. And that's no problem. But a lot of those people are doing what I used to do when something didn't quite work right: reinstall it. Or even simply avoid it. I'm hoping to get new users semi-confortable with using the shell, and teach them simple directory access commands, and package manager commands (yum)- and of course, the big one with fedora- drivers and codec support.

I'm planning on covering these topics:
-Why Fedora? Give some background info about myself and the operating system, talk about the Fedora Project a bit- and how it's unique.

-Naviagating your way through GNOME 3, and KDE 4, as opposed to Windows Explorer and Finder (Live demo) (how to do similar tasks)

-The file system (basic description of /usr, /bin, /root, etc.)

-Adding software sources, and how to install software from the repository (Live demo)

-Basic shell commands (Directory access mostly) (Live demo)  + enabling sudo

-How to compile an application from source (Live demo)

-How to install drivers (Live demo)

-How to install Fedora + how to partition your hard drive to dual boot (Screenshots of installer- MAYBE boot from live USB, depends on time taken)

-WINE (Live demo)

-What should I do when something goes wrong? (Slides)


As you can see, I plan on live interaction, and booting a laptop with Fedora installed to give a live demo of the operating system. I also plan on giving everybody a copy of the latest version of Fedora (32 bit), as well as a copy of my slides and a command sheet for reference at the end of the presentation. I would also include a list of "alternative applications" (i.e. Word -> Libreoffice Writer, WMP -> VLC/MPlayer, Photoshop -> GIMP)

I have been using Fedora Linux on all of my computers for the past 3 years now, and Fedora/Red Hat Linux for the past 10 years. I often spend time in the Fedora and Ubuntu forums, helping out users that are new to the operating system, or are simply considered beginners. For a short while back in 2010-2011, I volunteered on the Fedora project helping with Quality Assurance- and I have learned quite a lot about the inner workings of Fedora, and even the kernel itself.

I like to think of this presentation to be similar to those done in past years like "Ubuntu for Beginners", and what not, only while providing people knowledge to be comfortable with the shell, troubleshooting, and installing hardware and software as well.

Actually, now that I look at this, it could even be 2 hours long. Whatever fits in the schedule, I guess. I'm going to be at LFNW on Saturday FOR SURE, Sunday as well, is maybe. I should have more information in the coming weeks.




Session Time Slot(s): 

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 14:30 to 15:20