Linux 101, installing from scratch and rejuvenating an old laptop

Apr 19, 2018 · London, United Kingdom

A free Linux 101 class is being organised, please, please read before attempting to sign up.


NB: Blokes/men, please read and re-read.

Initially, places for this event will be allocated to members of women's groups to improve the gender balance, then later on it will be opened up to all.

If you are a bloke/man, then please wait your turn, or you risk being put on the waiting list :)

If you are a member of a MeetUp women's group, please join the waiting list and you will be let through.


Interested in operating systems? Enraptured by Linux or technology? Have an old laptop? Want to make that first step into technology? Wondering how to get started as a dev?

Linux is used by everyone from Google, Wikipedia, Github, NASA, CERN, Facebook, Twitter, Docker and many more.

The class

This free hands-on class, by Brian Byrne, maybe just what you needed!

Brian will teach you the methodology of installing Linux, the operating system from scratch.

He will teach you how to rejuvenate any old laptop (pre-Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10). He will explain operating system theory: why we need operating systems, what they do and how to use them.

Brian will explain partitioning, along with the tricks and traps of installing a new operating system.

We are very friendly and people are encourage to work in pairs or teams.

Prerequisites (things that should be done before the class)

• Participants should bring along an old, but working, laptop that can be wiped and Linux installed on it.

• An external mouse.

• Knowledge of how to boot your laptop from CD/DVDs or USB sticks.

Nice to have: a snack and a cold drink.


18:00 Doors open

18:15 Introduction

18:25 A short history of operating systems since the Abacus to the Mainframe

18:45 Linux 101 - System Rescue - the whys and wherefores

19:00 LXLE - Installing with style and care.

19:45 Break

20:00 Finalise installations

20:15 Linux 102 - a quick introduction to the Linux command line

20:35 Free raffle

20:45 Finish up and off to Skills Matter bar for a soft drink.

Got a newer laptop? (Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10)?

If you haven't got an old laptop that can be wiped, please do this before the class:

1. Download and install Oracle's VirtualBox

2. Download a copy of LXLE[masked]-bit version from

Please ensure you read and follow our code of conduct.

PS: Whilst we are finalising details, please watch this page.

Don't forget to sign up at Skills Matter for health and safety:


We have started a Linuxing In London project to get Linux laptops into the hands of aspiring developers.

If you know of anyone who has kit (old laptops, etc) which can be reused and recycled into Linux systems please contact Brian at [masked]

Event organizers
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