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Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG)

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BALUG is the Bay Area Linux Users Group.
We generally meet monthly in San Francisco (in/near SOMA/Chinatown area, near downtown). We also operate several mailing lists.

BALUG meetings


BALUG generally meets the third Tuesday of each month. We talk about Linux and related topics, and we typically share ample portions of food (e.g. Chinese).

We typically have a speaker/presentation for our meetings (generally starting around the tail end of dinner or immediately following dinner). 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.

Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.
Meeting kicks off at 6:30 P.M. - we start with meet and greet and chat and such, then proceed with dining around 7:00 P.M. for dinner - please arrive before 7:00 P.M. if you want to join us for dinner.


Please RSVP if you're planning to attend. To do so please e-mail us a note at
indicating meeting date. If you'll be bringing additional guest(s) please let us know total number of folks you're RSVPing for.
Also please let us know any special requirements or concerns you may have (e.g. if you have any particular dietary considerations, so that we might possibly be able to accommodate you, or if you won't be dining with us but do wish to otherwise join our meeting).

dinner costs? May vary - see venue for more information (we may dine and share "family" style and split up the costs, if folks are agreeable to that - for Henry's Hunan Restaurant, typical cost per person including tax and tip (but not including beverages beyond complementary tea) would be in the $15.00 to $31.00 range, and commonly around $18.00 to $27.00. Cash may be preferred to ease splitting up the check. One can also specifically order the dish(es) one needs/prefers (e.g. for dietary considerations) - and we also commonly order some dish(es) that may meet various dietary considerations (e.g. vegetarian, non-pork, ...)).

Next meetings:

Be sure to note future meetings on your calendar:

Meeting venue (at least until further notice or otherwise noted):
Henry's Hunan Restaurant
110 Natoma St. (between 2nd & New Montgomery, not to be confused with their other locations)
San Francisco, CA 94105-3704
Dinner costs? We typically share and dine "family style" and split up the costs, for folks are agreeable to that (folks may also order item(s) specifically for themselves - e.g. if they have specific dietary restrictions).

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! Some of the tasks which could use more volunteers include:

If you're at all interested in helping with any and/or all of the above, please contact BALUG contact.

Were you looking for something quite different, but landed here? If you're looking for The San Francisco Bay Area LEGO® Users' Group and Train Club, that's over at:
Need to contact BALUG?: BALUG contact
Interested in speaking at BALUG or know a good speaker/presenter for BALUG? contact speaker coordinators. If one will be speaking or is considering speaking at BALUG, see also: Speaker-Presenter Information and REsources (SPIRE)
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