Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG)
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We generally meet monthly
in San Francisco (in/near SOMA/Chinatown area, near downtown).
We also operate several
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
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 $13.00 to $20.00 range, and
commonly around $15.00 to $17.00. 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, ...)).
Be sure to note future meetings on your calendar:
- Please RSVP (including indicating date) for meetings you plan to attend - Thank You
- 2019-11-19 Topic: Bay Area
- Hosting at
Democratization of The Internet
We don't have a formal presentation lined up for this meeting, but
definitely have a discussion topic (and some current
research/information) - feel free too to bring your experiences,
(anti-)recommendations, suggestions, questions, etc.:
- Topical: I know of
multiple among us in the San Francisco Bay Area looking at changing ISPs before 2019-12-20.
- (un-)Democratization of The Internet?
Among many other factors, the "promise" of The
Internet: equality - anyone and everyone can equally be not only
consumer, but also producer of information (and services, etc.).
Is that promise (semi-)broken?
Are we seeing most ISPs/carriers rolled up into a handful of
Most ISPs not making static IPs (generally necessary for
hosting/"producing") available, or difficult to get,
or very much limiting what can/can't go in and out via such
(e.g. blocking/disallowing certain ports), etc.?
ISPs mucking with traffic/privacy? Modifying in-flight HTML
data? Not respecting privacy regarding traffic, and even
reselling that information?
Everyone mostly being "pushed" toward
or some other hosted "solution" ... all of which leave
one under the thumb/mercy of some big "provider"?
Internet "kill"/"my country only" switches?
- "Linux/BSD/Unix friendly" ISPs is a relatively
recurrent, if not common, topic among Bay Area [L]UG lists and
meetings - so much so that some [L]UGs have had(/have?) FAQs or
web page(s) specifically addressing that topic. Time for bit of
refresher on the topic? Though, nowadays, "Linux/BSD/Unix
friendly" is almost a non-issue, as for most any ISP,
"it just works" regardless of Operating System (OS)
... but mostly just expect almost no ISP will specifically
support one on one's Linux/BSD/Unix of choice. (And sometimes,
it's merely/mostly a matter of fibbing that one has a different
operating system - e.g. temporarily setting a different
string, and translating Microsoft Windows or MacOS specific
configuration instructions into fitting OS agnostic
- The promise of
addresses, right? Why don't we yet now all have absolutely no
shortage of IP addresses readily available to us to host from
and IPv4 left to the pages of history where once upon a time
there weren't enough IP addresses for everyone on the planet to
have one or more?
- Democratic cooperative mesh networks?
- 2019-12-17 - No December meeting! (we typically skip December - watch our "announce" list and/or check back here for details/updates)
BALUG generally meets the third Tuesday of each month.
Subscribe to our
list to learn of upcoming meetings and speakers/presentations.
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").
- BALUG-Announce ("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)
- BALUG-Talk ("talk") general public BALUG, Linux and related discussion (see the URL for policies)
- BALUG-Admin ("admin") - administrivia (for those interested in the inner workings of the BALUG group)
- BALUG-Test ("test")- for testing purposes
In conjunction with
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:
- 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.
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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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