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.

LibrePlanet Boston Desktop GNU/Linux Users Group

BLU's Desktop SIG (Special Interest Group)

Meeting Calendar

Meetings are announced on To see our calendar of events, visit our Meetup page:

Our Mission

We focus on creating a community of users using free software on their desktops and in other non-server settings (e.g. mobile/handheld devices). Our goal is to create an environment that's welcoming, fun, and educational for both non-technical and technical users.

Blog and Mailing List

Join the conversation about free software and using GNU/Linux on the desktop over at our blog:

You're also invited to join the BLU Discuss Mailing List. This mailing list serves the broader BLU community (not just our SIG), but you'll find a welcoming environment that includes users of all levels.

Why a Desktop GNU/Linux Group?

Yet the uptake of using GNU/Linux as an end-user (desktop/laptop) operating system still lags. Our SIG aims to end that by:

  1. Creating a community of GNU/Linux on the desktop enthusiasts.
  2. Providing a venue where GNU/Linux questions can get asked by users of all levels.
  3. Fostering free software evangelism. Let's spread the word!

We welcome long time GNU/Linux enthusiasts, those who've heard of GNU/Linux but aren't even sure what it is, and everyone in between. Join us!

Contact Us

This SIG is run by Will Rico. Questions? Suggestions? Contact Will.

BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
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We also thank MIT for the use of their facilities.

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