Join Us at LinuxWorld for the ABCs of Desktop Linux
When you are exploring something for the first time, you often have many questions and aren't sure where to start. At times like those, it is great to have a friend available of whom you can ask questions. Then, when facing that new task, you reach a new level of confidence by knowing that someone is there to rescue you from a dead-end or an incorrect menu selection or two or three.
If this sounds like you, and you're going to be in Boston April 4-6, 2006, stop by the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. You'll not only find a trusted advisor to get you going and comfortable with Linux, you'll find two! During the upcoming LinuxWorld Boston event, Nicholas Petreley and I will be presenting the The ABCs of Desktop Linux: Everything You Need to Start Using Linux Today. Nicholas is the former Editor in Chief of TUX and the current Editor in Chief of Linux Journal. I'm the current Editor in Chief of TUX.
Our objective with this activity is to provide new Linux users with an opportunity to see what Linux is all about. By offering high-level demonstrations of Linux and Linux-based applications, we hope to eliminate the fear, uncertainty and doubt associated with a permanent switch to a Linux desktop. This free mini-seminar will give participants a chance to meet Nicholas and myself and hear our stories about getting started with Linux. In addition, we'll be available to answer any questions. We should have plenty of live Linux CDs and technical resources to help you boot Linux. So if you never have booted Linux before, stop by and get first-hand assistance from Linux Journal and TUX.
To round out the Installfest, we have put together a set of presentations that should give attendees the necessary foundation to continue exploring the business case for switching to Linux. The presentations hopefully prove that Linux is ready for wide-spread adoption.
An Introduction to Desktop Linux: It's Not Just for Geeks Anymore!
As an introduction, this session grounds attendees in the new lingo a new Linux user might confront and attempts to de-mystify those terms. In addition, we'll cover the basics involved in installing Linux, installing applications and the basic usage of Linux. During this session we will demonstrate the Linspire Five-O Live CD and the Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Live Linux CD. Each demonstration hopefully will illustrate visually the business case represented by Linux.
Breaking Free: Exploring OpenOffice.org, the Versatile (and Free) Office Suite for Linux
This session features a high-level demonstration of each major component of OpenOffice.org version 2.0. For Writer, we will demonstrate how to use formatting and style options to gain control over a letter. For Calc, we will demonstrate the popularity of OpenOffice.org by charting download activity. For Base we'll demonstrate how to create a data entry form in an existing database. For Draw we will illustrate how to create a simple flow chart. Finally, for Impress we'll demonstrate how to modify the slide master and export a presentation to Flash.
Can I Do that with Linux? An Overview of Linux-Based Applications
This session illustrates to small to mid-sized businesses that desktop Linux is ready for prime time work. By focusing on EIOffice, this demonstration highlights one of the easiest ways to make a smooth transition from Windows/Office to Linux. In addition, this session will demonstrate many of the advantages of using KIO plugins for KDE in order to do things such as rip audio CDs to MP3s.
So if you are an old hat at Linux or want to seize this opportunity by the beak--do penguins have beaks?--go ahead and stop by! Say hello and tell us your horror stories and your success stories. We're looking forward to meeting a lot of great people, sharing our love for Linux and free and open-source software and, as always, learning a few new tricks. It should be a great time!
Dell Computers, Linspire and Ubuntu (as well as IDG itself) have pitched in to help us out with this activity. We're thankful for their support and flexibility. Without their efforts, pulling off the ABCs of Desktop Linux would have been significantly more difficult.
About the Author
Kevin Shockey is Editor in Chief of TUX magazine.