When: Saturday December 7, 2019, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
Parking is free at the E-51 lot in front of the building.
Lunch is generously sponsored by Ron Thibeau owner of Bluefin Technical
What you need to bring: Your computer, monitor, power strips and your
Linux distributions. We do have copies of some distributions.
In general we have expertise with most distros, but if you need special
expertise, please email the BLU discussion list in advance. Today, most
distros are using Live images that you can try out and then install.
This can be copied to DVDs or USB sticks.There are a number of USB
creators, such as UNetbootin (https://unetbootin.github.io/). Both
Fedora and Ubuntu have a USB creator built in.
COST: It's free! However, we DO have expenses, and contributions are
welcome. Please consider contributing $25 per machine.
Our volunteers will help you to install Linux on your own system. While
Linux runs on most systems, some systems do have configurations and
hardware that may not be supported. Please consult the following web
pages for hardware compatibility. While we prefer you to bring your own
distros, our volunteers will normally have
Generally our volunteers have sets of the latest Fedora, SuSE and Ubuntu
* Fedora - https://getfedora.org/ (Fedora 31 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 18.04.1 LTS DVD/USB or 19.10)
* other distros can easily be downloaded at the Installfest
We generally have them on local drives and can burn CDs/DVDs and
USBs.Since there are many variants of these distros, we advise you to
bring an empty USB stick with sufficient memory to hold one of the
distros. Live images require about 1.5GB. I usually have some USBs
prepared or can easily burn a USB.
We usually have both a Wired and Wireless network available.
The preferred wireless SSID at MIT is "MIT". In addition John does set
up a local wifi.
Additionally, you can run Linux on your Windows PC through a virtual
machine manager, such as Virtualbox. You can install this in your
Windows machine and run Linux as a guest OS, or install it in your Linux
machine and run Windows as a guest. Linux has a built-in virtual memory
system, but you can also download and install VirtualBox 6.0
(http://www.virtualbox.org) which is free and is available for Linux,
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Additionally, there are also some VMWare clients that are also free for
Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions. There is a parking lot in front of the
building on Amherst St. Enter the building, and take the elevator your
left down to the basement. Room 016 is directly across from the elevator.