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


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 2014

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 (tech) ->Linux Filesystem Comparisons
Sat, Dec 06, 2014 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LIV
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 (tech) ->Security in the Internet of Things
Wed, Nov 05, 2014 (desktop) ->Learning to Change the World
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 (tech) ->Linux runs the spectrum from High Performance to Power Efficient Computing
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 (special) ->Software Freedom Day
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 (special) ->An Evening of IoT
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 (tech) ->Crypto News, TOR, and our PGP/GnuPG Keysigning Party XIV
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LIII
Wed, Sep 03, 2014 (desktop) ->Write Your First Android App
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 (tech) ->AMD Night
Wed, Aug 06, 2014 (desktop) ->Build a GNU/Linux Super Desktop on a Budget
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 (social) ->Annual Summer BBQ XX
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 (tech) ->OpenCL: The open standard for parallel programming of heterogeneous systems
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 (tech) ->Ubuntu Server Deep Dive (BLU 20 Year Anniversary)
Sat, May 31, 2014 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LII
Wed, May 21, 2014 (tech) ->OpenStack from Scratch, Part II
Wed, May 07, 2014 (desktop) ->Free Software for Photographers
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 (tech) ->Getting Started with IPv6
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 (tech) ->Linux Soup XIV: CGroups and Linux Containers (LXC)
Sat, Mar 01, 2014 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LI
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 (special) ->Internet of Things Festival
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 (special) ->Internet of Things Festival
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 (tech) ->SoC Deep Dive
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 (desktop) ->Community Outreach Planning
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 (tech) ->Galileo, Linux, and the Internet of Things
Wed, Jan 08, 2014 (desktop) ->Community Outreach Planning

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