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Re: User group in SW Missouri?

* slick.cooper@gmail.com <slick.cooper@gmail.com> [121129 05:00]:
> On Saturday, July 14, 2012 4:20:01 PM UTC-5, Richard Owlett wrote:
>> Stan Hoeppner wrote:
>>> On 7/14/2012 9:39 AM, Chris wrote:
>>>> From: "Richard Owlett"<rowlett@cloud85.net>
>>> In my experience these gatherings serve mostly a social function,
>>> not a technical/learning function.

Check with local colleges.  Before Debian arrived at its present state
of user-friendliness, Linux user groups at colleges and universities
commonly hosted "Installfests" at the beginning of each semester.
Students and members of the surrounding community would bring their
computers, complete with monitor and, sometimes, printer, to the
campus; they would leave two or three hours later with a working and
properly-configured Linux configuration.  

Today, more comprehensive installers and almost-universal access to
the Internet have diminished the need for the installfest.  And today,
if you do locate and attend an installfest, you likely are not going
to see anyone pulling a cart loaded with a desktop machine, keyboard,
monitor, and cables...


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