West Michigan Ubuntu 10.10 Release Party Recap

I’d like to thank all of the geeks and guests who made it out to The Warehouse for last night’s West Michigan Ubuntu 10.10 Release Party. I’d especially like to thank Casey DuBois and his wife for hosting the party at the most marvelous venue in the area, their garage. I had a great time talking with everybody and trying various beers, and the food cooked by Casey and brought by attendees was a welcome surprise.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, we had a pretty good turnout of about 15 people. Most attendees brought a laptop and gave Ubuntu Desktop 10.10 a go in a virtual machine, or netbooks to install Ubuntu Netbook directly onto. There weren’t a lot of problems with the installs, other than the usual missing wireless drivers. Hopefully the Broadcom driver release will clear up some of those problems in the future. The wifi and Internet held up well under the load. I also did a short demo of the Netbook version on Casey’s 12ft projector (where does he get those wonderful toys?), but most of the time was spent talking and socializing around the table as people installed.

I took a few pictures and added them to the Ubuntu Michigan LoCo Flickr stream. If anyone else has photos of the event they’d like to add to the stream, send them to me and I’ll get them up.

I’m looking forward to more of these get-togethers, and I’d like to see them continue to grow. So if you have any suggestions for next time, please comment here or send a private email to me. Thanks again!

P.S.: I spread one piece of information last night that I learned today is incorrect. I said that you cannot upgrade your current installation from a CD or USB installer. However, it turns out that you can upgrade if you use the Alternate CD. If anyone tries this and meets success or failure, please let me know. Upgrading Using the Alternate CD/DVD

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