Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG)
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Bay Area Linux Users Group.
We generally meet monthly
in San Francisco (generally in the Chinatown area, near downtown).
We also operate several
meets the third Tuesday of each month.
We talk about
Linux and related topics,
and we generally share large portions of Chinese food.
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, interesting conversations, and good food
at a relatively bargain price. 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 near the restaurant's bar for meet and greet and chat and such, then move to our restaurant seating around 7:00 P.M. for dinner - $13.00* USD per person for dinner (meeting itself is free)
- please arrive before 7:00 P.M. if you want to be assured of being able to join us for dinner.
We generally meet at:
Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Ave. (between Clay and Sacramento)
San Francisco, CA 94108-2113
1-415-989-8188 (restaurant number)
Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.
To do so please e-mail us a note at
*for your gift of $13.00 USD cash, we give you a gift of
joining us for a delicious family-style Chinese dinner - tax and tip
included. Your gift also helps in our patronizing our meeting venue.
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 joining our
family/buffet style dining arrangement
but do wish to otherwise join our meeting).
Be sure to note future meetings on your calendar:
- Please RSVP (including indicating date) for meetings you plan to attend - Thank You
Todd Varland of
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Everything that's old is new again: Linux, Hardware and the Cloud (Internet of Things)
- Observations from the front line - Trends in
Internet of Things (IoT)/Low Performance Computing
- Showcase a project that was done in the AWS Office
- Discuss and demo a file backup project that Todd did
networking device that backs files up to AWS)
- Discuss and demo an automation of Todd's home
device that controls heating vents aided by the Cloud)
- Wrap up these examples by tying into observations
and thoughts on where the
is headed with this
Todd Varland is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS) based in San Francisco. Todd works with customers of all sizes helping architect solutions being deployed in the AWS cloud across a broad range of technical scenarios. Prior to joining AWS, Todd spent more than a decade in traditional datacenter and cloud operations in senior management positions. Other "tours of duty" include development, performance engineering and operations in organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 50.
New venue starting in October! - watch this space for updates!
BALUG generally meets the third Tuesday of each month.
Subscribe to our
list to learn of upcoming meetings and speakers/presentations.
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").
- "announce" -
low-volume announce-only (non-discussion) mailing list (e.g. important announcements about meeting programs and other BALUG newsy/noteworthy items; if you subscribe to any of our lists, you'll want to include this one)
- "talk" general public BALUG, Linux and related discussion (see the URL for policies)
- "admin" - administrivia (for those interested in the inner workings of the BALUG group)
In conjunction with
we will help you install Linux.
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:
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:
- help arrange speakers/presentations for our meetings (help refer to us, coordinate schedules, etc.)
- publicity (helping us get information out in as timely a manner as feasible, and in as many places as appropriate)
- website: webmaster and/or assistance with routine updates/additions
- writing up meeting "minutes" (brief summaries of meeting highlights - e.g. information on presentations, interesting/noteworthy discussions/topics, etc.; suitable for web use, or even just rough notes on the relevant items)
- mailing list maintenance
If you're at all interested in helping with any and/or all of the above,
please contact BALUG contact.
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)
Web questions/issues? contact balug-webmaster