What is an OS launch party?

An Operating System Launch Party, is one where people get together to celebrate the release of a certain operating system. Often in these parties, guests learn about cool new features of the operating system and get to install it on their machines. Linux flavours have had many launch parties in the past, the most widespread fo these parties must be the Ubuntu Launch Parties, they take place every six months (wow a new operating system every six months) all over the globe. There are many reasons for the success of the Ubuntu Launch Parties and the (predicted) fail of the Windows 7 Launch parties.

Parties originate from the Users

Launch Parties are pushed by the users not any corporate entity promoting the operating system. It is truly mind boggling* how a corporate entity is trying to get people to celebrate in their own homes something which they may not feel attached to. And how can you be attached to any software that asks you to fork over lump sums of money and in many cases treats any bug reports you send as misuse of their software (another mind boggling issue that is a subject of an entirely separate post). Emotional attachment to software is important, normally this was only experienced by the developers. However, free open source softwares have unveiled that this attachment can extend to the users. A discovery that was not observed with years of proprietary software.