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Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG)

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BALUG is the (San Francisco) Bay Area Linux Users Group.
We generally meet monthly. We also operate several mailing lists.

BALUG meetings


BALUG generally meets the third Tuesday of each month. We talk about Linux and related topics.

We typically have a speaker/presentation for our meetings. In any case, with or without a speaker/presentation arranged and scheduled, our meetings include good people, and interesting conversations. And if we haven't announced/posted a speaker/presentation, don't let that fool you - sometimes we manage to score an excellent speaker/presentation (e.g. at the last minute) without our having managed to get it posted onto the web site and an announcement sent out in advance.

(currently no RSVP required for VIRTUAL meetings)
Meeting kicks off at 6:30 P.M. - we start with meet and greet and chat and such, then proceed with more formal part of the meeting starting at 7:00 P.M.
Strongly recommended to please join us before 7:00 P.M. for the main part of the meeting (get yourself connected and squared away by 7:00 P.M., see also: venue).


(currently no RSVP required for VIRTUAL meetings)

Next meetings:

Be sure to note future meetings on your calendar:

meeting venue (at least until further notice or otherwise noted): Dial-in numbers also available at the URL.
Please use earbud(s)/headphone(s) or mute yourself to avoid audio feedback issues, also please if you have background sound/noise issues mute yourself when not talking.
Generally works quite fine with reasonably modern Chrome, Chromium, Microsoft Edge, possibly others (requires WebRTC (Wikipedia: WebRTC) (can also do some testing here: Probably don't worry about minor items like "Reflexive connectivity" )), from desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.

BALUG Mailing Lists

BALUG Mailing Lists:

Note that all of the above lists are publicly archived - so one can search them and/or get an idea of traffic volume, what lists one may be most interested in, etc. Note that most of the lists can also be subscribed to as a digest version (e.g. if one wants all the items on the list to be combined into a single mailing when the list (e.g. "talk") might sometimes be very "chatty").


In conjunction with CABAL, we will help you install Linux.

Volunteering and helping BALUG

We could also always use more volunteers to make BALUG even better! You can do useful and cool stuff volunteering to help BALUG! Quite a variety of opportunities to help BALUG, e.g.:

If you're at all interested in helping with any and/or all of the above, or more, or looking for more information, please drop us a note at:BALUG contact and/or talk to us at a meeting.

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