I’m an officer in the Boston Linux and UNIX group, and have been a member for over a decade.  Here are the details of the Wednesday, 06/17 meeting:

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: MIT Building E51, Room 315

Presenters: Kurt Keville, SDC Coordinator, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (kkeville alum mit edu) and Brian DeLacey, (bdelacey gmail com)

Kurt Keville, Brian DeLacey and others discuss the 802.11s (Mesh) standard and what it means for embedded Linux distros such as OpenWRT and Robix, the distros of choice for the upcoming local Muniwireless rollouts. Kurt gave earlier talks on Muniwireless at our February 2008 and August 2006 meetings

Note that Brian and Kurt will be holding an all-afternoon pre-meeting, beginning at noon in E51-063. This afternoon session will build a multi-node solar-powered super computer as a clustered web-server using fast flash and Marvell’s SheevaPlugs. Rabeeh Khoury of Marvell will be onsite for lots of Linux and SheevaPlug Q&A. Sage Radachowsky will be showcasing his latest solar circuitry. The working SWARM system will be demonstrated at the main meeting, but anyone is welcome to drop by and pick up a soldering iron or keyboard to work with earlier in the day.

Also, this month is BLU’s 15-year anniversary, and we will be celebrating with a cake at 7:00 PM.


I’m Assistant Director of the Boston Linux and UNIX group.  A few times a year, we have an event at MIT where people come down with their computer and we help them install Linux, or just answer their questions.  The event is free (though we do ask for a donation, since we’re not-for-profit), and we’re there all day.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: MIT Building E51, Room 061

Summary: A periodic get-together where volunteers from our group help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.We invite you to become a member of the Boston area Linux community and offer our assistance in getting Linux installed on your computer.

We hold our InstallFests several times each year; we meet on a weekend at a location where people can bring in their computers and we can help them install Linux or other Unix variants. It’s also a great way to get together and share our collective experience with each other in a hands-on learning environment, in the grand tradition of the UNIX community.

For more information, check out the page on the BLU website.


In this post, I talked about the upcoming Deep Agile 2009 event. Apparently there was some confusion about the “hardship discount”:

Are you unemployed? About to be? Hardship discounts are available for Deep Agile 2009 for those who wish to learn about modern embedded software development techniques and to network.

Due to strong sponsorship and great speakers, our Deep Agile event for April 25-26 has passed the “break even” point. As a community based non-profit professional group we can now afford to help more people attend this first of its kind event. In light of the current economic situation, we are offering discounted hardship tickets, priced at $75.00 for those who are unemployed, about to become unemployed, or who have some similarly difficult circumstance. Don’t wait – it’s first-come-first-served and seats are limited.  Please contact us via this link and include “hardship request” in the subject field to request a hardship discount. Continental breakfasts, lunches, and Saturday dinner are included in the price. (Note that Saturday dinner seats are limited and will soon be gone.)

Just to make it perfectly clear, this means that the entire ticket price is $75.  It’s not a $75 discount.  Woot!

Sorry for posting so much about this event, but I think it’s going to be a good one, and I’m all about helping the unemployed.


Deep Agile 2009: Agile for Embedded Systems

Sponsored by Agile Bazaar, New England’s agile community hub

Join us for a two-day deep dive into Agile practices for embedded systems. We’ll get beyond superficial prescriptions and cookbook advice to understand how a methodology that demands extreme flexibility can work in an environment known for its rigidity. Jack Ganssle has the deep experience to pose the kinds of challenging questions all embedded folk want to ask, and James Grenning and Russel Hill have been practicing embedded agile programming long enough to give us answers grounded in experience, that is, *embedded* experience!

Host: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, founder of Lean-Agile Partners
When: Saturday, April 25th – Sunday, April 26th, 2009
Where: Maxwell-Dworkin Building, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass
Cost: Regular registration: $545 through April 18th, 2009, Just in time: $685 through April 25th, 2009. Group discount, Hardship, Student and Academic staff (see the Deep Agile website). Save a further $50 by entering this discount code when you register: ABZlist_09.

Register at the Deep Agile website.

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