For LoCo InstallFests, this is really a chance for people to see, try, and get Ubuntu (and Kubuntu and Xubuntu and Edubuntu) for themselves. Anyone is free to bring in their own computer or hard drive to have Ubuntu installed on it, or to just come and see Ubuntu on other machines and get a chance to experience it for themselves.*
Now, the second definition is a little different from the first one and the Wikipedia one, isn’t it? After having a couple of these “installfests”, we at the Massachusetts LoCo Team sat down at a meeting, put on our person-who-has-never-heard-of-Ubuntu shoes, and thought,
What the heck is an “InstallFest” and why would I want to go to it??
We decided we needed a name for these events that is attractive, non-threatening, and expresses that this is a fun event and an opportunity to see and experience Ubuntu. It is not a niche computer repair shop that is only open two days a year (though we will help you with your K/X/Ubuntu problems).
So, tommorrow, May 24, 2008 the Ubuntu Massachusetts team will be holding our first quarterly Exploration Ubuntu at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge from 10am to 5pm. If you’re new to Ubuntu, come check it out! Already an Ubuntu guru? Come help out, hang out, and present something neat to new users!
*Copied from the MA LoCo wiki.