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 2016

Wed, Dec 21, 2016 (tech) ->Microsoft and Linux... Better Together
Sat, Dec 03, 2016 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LXII
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 (tech) ->Reproducible Builds for a Better Future
Wed, Nov 02, 2016 (desktop) ->TMUX + Lightning Talks
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 (tech) ->Canonical containers
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 (tech) ->Transposition Cyphers in Historic Context, and PGP/GnuPG Keysigning Party XVI
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LXI
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 (tech) ->Raspberry Pi Programming Workshop
Sat, Aug 06, 2016 (social) ->Annual Summer BBQ XXII
Wed, Aug 03, 2016 (desktop) ->Platform Cooperativism
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 (tech) ->Before we called it a "Cloud"
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 (tech) ->A Graybeards's Worst Nightmare - How Docker Containers are Re-Defining the Linux OS
Sat, Jun 04, 2016 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LX
Wed, May 18, 2016 (tech) ->Rooftop WLAN, IoT, and the Doobie Brothers: What were once Vices are now Habits
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 (tech) ->Containers, Docker, and Kubernetes on Linux
Wed, Apr 06, 2016 (desktop) ->Music
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 (tech) ->Linux Soup XVI: SystemD
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 (hands-on) ->Linux InstallFest LIX
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 (tech) ->RISC-V update
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 (tech) ->Functional Package Management and GNU Guix

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We also thank MIT for the use of their facilities.

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