We generally meet monthly in San Francisco (in/near SOMA/Chinatown area, near downtown). We also operate several mailing lists.
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.
IMPORTANT: Please RSVP if you're planning to attend, and also note our revised RSVP policy further below.
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.
IMPORTANT: 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).
IMPORTANT: IF WE'VE RECEIVED EXACTLY ZERO RSVPs BY 5:00 P.M. ON DATE OF MEETING, MEETING MAY BE CANCELLED WITH NO FURTHER NOTIFICATIONS. So, if we receive your RSVP in time, then there is a meeting, if we receive zero RSVPs in time, there may not be a meeting, so if you want to be sure there's a meeting to go to, be sure to send your RSVP in time for us to receive it by not later than 5:00 P.M. US/Pacific time on date of meeting. Host(s) and any speaker(s)/presenters will be presumed to be RSVPed yes, but will not be counted towards the total of RSVPs received even if they've explicitly RSVPed (hosts/speaker(s)/presenter(s) will be communicated with if meeting is cancelled for any reason).
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, ...)).
At least presently we don't have a specific speaker/presentation lined up for this meeting, but that doesn't prevent us from having interesting and exciting meetings and discussions, and we do have some suggested discussion topics, so we'll likely cover at least some of that and very possibly other/additional topics folks may bring up at the meeting. Our suggested topics for this meeting include: AWS, BALUG infrastructure and lists and (near) future plans, spam and anti-spam, the upcoming Debian 9 "Stretch" release, and other related topics. We also manage to sometimes secure/confirm a speaker too late for us to announce or fully publicize the speaker (that's happened at least twice in the past). Got questions, answers, and/or opinions? We typically have some expert(s) and/or relative expert(s) present to cover Linux and related topic areas. Want to hear some interesting discussions on LINUX and other topics? Show up at the meeting, and feel free to bring an agenda if you wish. Want to help ensure BALUG has speakers/presentations lined up for future meetings? Help refer speakers to us and/or volunteer to be one of the speaker coordinators. Great food and people, and interesting conversations to be had.
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:
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.