Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Meetings and Events


Our group has been meeting since April 1994. We formed our group as part of The Boston Computer Society (BCS); when the overall BCS organization dissolved itself, we chose to continue on as an independent user group.

Most of our meetings are held on the M.I.T. campus. Here is M.I.T.'s list of User Groups on Campus, including the dates and locations each group has scheduled.

Index of speakers at BLU events



Meeting Schedule


2021 / 2020 / 2019 / 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005 / 2004 / 2003 / 2002 / 2001 / 2000 / 1999 / 1998 / 1997 / 1996 / 1995 / 1994

Schedule for 2020

Wed, Dec 16, 2020 (tech)->Low Context DevOps: A New Way of Improving SRE Team Culture
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 (tech)->Doc Searls
Wed, Oct 21, 2020 (tech)->Short Takes: Birdbox; The Cult of 5G; Simulating Quantum Computing with Linux and FOSS
Wed, Sep 16, 2020 (tech)->Crypto News Review, Historical Vignette, and Transitioning from PGP/GnuPG
Wed, Aug 19, 2020 (tech)->Building a Box on a Budget with the AMD Ryzen 3, and driving it fast with F2FS
Wed, Jul 15, 2020 (tech)->You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tune a Convolutional Neural Network
Wed, Jun 17, 2020 (tech)->How Many Ways Can You Fail? A Taxonomy of Corporate (in)Decision
Wed, May 20, 2020 (tech)->An Overview of the Architecture of the Latest AMD Ryzen Chips
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 (tech)->Low Cost Supercomputing with the Raspberry Pi 4
Wed, Mar 18, 2020 (tech)->*CANCELLED* - FoodPhone App
Sat, Mar 14, 2020 (hands-on)->**CANCELLED* InstallFest due to COVID-19
Wed, Feb 19, 2020 (tech)->Atom: A Hackable Text Editor for the 21st Century
Wed, Jan 15, 2020 (tech)->Raspberry Pi and SBC Short Takes

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We also thank MIT for the use of their facilities.

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