Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

The goal of Software Freedom Day is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business.

This will be the second year Tauranga has had its own Software Freedom Day event and we will join over 200 other teams around the world.

For more information about free software and SFD, visit the international Software Freedom Day website.

And read about how Software Freedom underpins your human rights.

Read more: Software Freedom Day 2011

Software Freedom Day 2011 was another very successful event for the BOP Linux User Group.


Thanks to everyone who contributed:

St Marys' School
for the use of the school hall and the PTA for refreshments.
for providing broadband for the event.
for financial support and technical resources.

The BOP Linux User Group members
for their passion and time to share their knowledge with others.

The Bay Sun for promotional articles
Bay News & The Bay of Plenty Times for promotional articles

Various companies, schools and organisations
who emailed details of the event to their mailing lists.


Read more: Software Freedom Day 2011 - Another successful event


Software Freedom Day 2010 was an outstanding success.

This was the first year that Software Freedom Day had been celebrated in Tauranga - and with the amount of interest generated and estimated 300-400 visitors - it will certainly not be the last.


Read more: Software Freedom Day 2010 - a huge success

Welcome to the home of the BOP Linux User Group.

We are a group of Linux and Open Source software enthusiasts ranging from novices to advanced users.


Monthly Meetings

We hold regular meetings to learn from demonstrations, mutual sharing of knowledge and through discussions.

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm at L J Hooker Tauranga Realty, corner of 8th Ave and Cameron Rd.

Our event calendar is available here and we welcome suggestions of topics and offers of presentations.


Open Days

We have an open day from 9:30-3.00 pm on the last Sunday, bimonthly on the odd month Jan, Mar, May etc at the Tauranga Art & Crafts Centre, corner of Elizabeth Street and Glasgow Street next to the expressway roundabout.

The Linux group meet in the room on the south west corner of the Arts and Crafts Centre and we normally enter through the single door that opens on to Glasgow St at the south end of the building. Newcomers need to be aware that the more Windows oriented Home Computer group meet in the main room of the same building at the same time.

Open day is the day to bring your computer and your lunch, to install Linux or get help sorting out any Linux problems. Please bring to the open days $2 which is used to pay for the use of the rooms.

Mailing List

You are welcome to join our mailing lists