Down on the farm with CrunchBang

The Felton Linux Users Group hosts a table at the Felton Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of St. John’s Catholic Church a little less than a mile south of the traffic light on Highway 9 (directions enough in Felton, California) from May to November, making “organic software” — Linux distros and FOSS programs free of artificial colors or preservatives — available free to the grocery-shopping public.

The table is distro-neutral: It’s common to find a stack of Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE live CDs among the other materials on the table. We find that there is a wide cross-section of people who stop by, ranging from those who either use Linux or have used it before to those who say, “Isn’t that a car?” (No, that’s a Lexus.) Most people fall somewhere in between: “Yes, I’ve heard of Linux but I haven’t tried it,” or “I think I know what it is,” or “Please save me from Windows.” The idea behind having a table is to get people exposed to Linux and FOSS, and to promote the LUG meetings, which are on the second Saturday of each month at the Felton Fire Station.

Now that the Felton market is closed for the winter, there are other farmers markets in the area that Felton LUG can, and will, set up the “organic software” table. After the first of the year, you’ll find Felton LUG at the farmers market in Scotts Valley, the next town over, as well as (crossing fingers) at the larger Santa Cruz Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

How does CrunchBang fit into this? I’m planning to burn some CrunchBang Live CDs and bring up CrunchBang to those folks we meet who either know what Linux is or have tried it before. While I don’t think CrunchBang is for everyone, in the same way that driving a Ferrari is not for everyone, I do think that those who have been exposed to Linux might want to step out of the family sedan of Ubuntu, Fedora or openSUSE, and step into something a little more “high performance.”

Watch this space and film at 11.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software in his new home office. Watch this space.)

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