Science Cafe' on the Coast: Linux, Liberty and Why You Should Care

Are you tired of Windows slowing down your machine? Tired of big companies collecting your user data? Linux is an open-source software that gives you the freedom and fun of being able to control as much as you want to about your operating system and desktop environment. Linux is user-friendly and users might be surprised at the many options for programs and support it provides.

Join us Saturday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pass Christian Public Library for a presentation on the Linux system and philosophy from Michael Rainey, president of the South Mississippi Linux Users Group, and learn about the advantages of using Linux. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask the experts questions and receive hands on time with Linux as well as receive a free live DVD to try the system before installing. Feel free to bring your old laptops or computers with you to find out how they can operate faster and smoother with Linux. Attendees will be eligible for door prizes and refreshments will be served.

Rainey has spent the past ten years learning and working with Linux and currently works as a system administrator specializing in Linux systems and works to promote the free and open philosophy of GNU/Linux. He is the president of the South Mississippi Linux Users Group located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  He has used Linux to design and publish books for local writers, designed and created web pages, and small scale communications platform.  Rainey also uses Linux systems as his daily operating system with no need for high priced software or hardware. (I. e. Microsoft or Apple)

Science Café on the Coast is a collaboration between the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library, and Hancock County Library System. South Mississippi Linux Users Group is a group of computer and technology enthusiasts that meet once a month to share ideas, knowledge, and to promote the free and open philosophy.