Boston University Linux Users Group

A community of enthusiasts


You have reached the homepage of the Boston University Linux Users Group. Through this site, you can access some of the resources we provide and learn a little bit about us.

What is Linux?

Linux is an operating system kernel, though it is a term commonly used to refer to the kernel and all the extra software that runs on top of it to complete the interface for the end user (the operating system itself). Because many key parts of the operating system are constructed out of software written by the GNU project, "GNU/Linux" is the proper title of the OS. However, referring to it as simply "Linux" is both common and what we will do throughout this site.

What makes Linux special is the style in which it is developed. By following the "bazaar" style of open source development, the operating system benefits from constant peer review. This helps to squash bugs, improve optimization, and widen the degree of hardware support. With so many people contributing time and code (most often for free!), the project has achieved a significant market share and enjoys usage around the world by businesses, individuals, and governments.

So why have a Linux Users Group?

Because Linux is free and without a corporate overlord, there is no single entity to turn towards when you need assistance. To that end, the community has stepped in and formed Linux Users Groups. There are LUGs scattered across the globe - check out this list at Linux.org to see some of the countries represented. The LUGs provide a free resource for Linux users to make the most of, whether they are in need of tech support, advice, or comraderie. Read more about the motivation of the Boston University LUG on our mission page. Finally, you may want to read the mother of all LUG documents: the TLDP.org Linux User Group HOWTO.