The Bangalore Linux Users Group
is a Free and Open Source Software
Formed in 1998, it jumped into the public eye with its participation at Bangalore IT.COM
, now known as Bangalore IT.in
'99 - then India's largest and most prominent technology event. The Government of Karnataka gave the BLUG an entire pavilion, where it exhibited Linux-based machines showing various applications, under the motto "Seeing is believing". This participation was a huge success, drawing people's attention to the then-nascent operating system, and earning the pavilion the title of "Crown Jewel of Bangalore IT.COM"(Bangalore IT.in
) from the local media.
Over the years, the BLUG participated in a number of technology events, and in 2001 facilitated
India's premiere FOSS
event - Linux Bangalore
. (and its sequels - , and ), broke ground for the growing Linux and Open Source community in India, seeing participation by thousands of delegates from India and abroad. (The current edition of the event is called FOSS.IN)
In late 2000 , the BLUG was registered as a not-for-profit society, under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 .
During 2004-2005, recognising that Linux and Open Source had become mainstream technologies and had little need for generic advocacy, members of the group proposed creating smaller groups in Bangalore. The formation of Special Interest Groups (SIG
) is a natural outcome of this. Another outcome was regular "Birds of Feather" or BOF
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