GNU Linux is a modern, advanced, powerful, secure and virus free computer operating system developed by an international community and available free to everyone.

With over 200 members CovLUG is an active, friendly, fun and sociable group of people with an interest in Open Source software, hardware and operating systems, such as Linux, and is part of a vibrant local and international community.

Come and join us, we welcome you as novice, expert, home, academic or professional user to enjoy our regular social and technical meetings and benefit from on-line help, advice and discussion via our active mailing lists.

The group is run on a voluntary basis by its members and thus depends on its members to organise meetings and events for things to happen.


NOTE: at present there are no meetings, the meeting details below reflect our previous arrangements which are out of date for now. There is however interest in restarting meetings, view our mailing lists for recent information.

We meet twice per month for a technical and social meet up. Please come along, the meetings and membership are free!

A CovLUG social meeting.


Our popular technical meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 7pm, talks begin around 8pm, in The Castle (formerly known as the Varsity), Little Park St, Coventry City Centre (see

Speakers always appreciated. If you have an open source related talk you could give the group, do not wait to be asked, just offer.


Our social meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month and start at about 7pm at Pasta Hut in the Lower Precinct (see

More About Us

The membership of the group is diverse, we include people using Open Source at work in a professional capacity as well as those who enjoy using our favourite OS as a hobby. The levels of experience range from beginner to expert. If you are an Open Source user or just interested in finding more about Linux or Open Source software, hardware or projects and why you should consider using it, you'll be welcome to come along.

O'Reilly Books

Membership of CovLUG or any other LUG offers you discount on O'Reilly books, or you may get a free book if you write a review about it for O'Reilly.


Our interests are much broader than the name of the group may suggest:

Open Source Operating Systems

The primary interest of the group is the Linux operating system and derivatives, but members interests also cover Android, BSD variants, Haiku, ReactOS, RiscOS Open, eyeOS and other less open systems of Apple Mac OSX and unix products such as Solaris/OpenIndiana & Irix.

Open Source Software

With the many thousands of OSS projects there is plenty to interest members. Interests also cover open source programming languages such as Python, Octave,R and include web programming, development and mobile apps.

Open Source Hardware

There are open source hardware interests too such as the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the multitude of projects that can be created with them. There is even a mobile phone project, Openmoko and a tablet computer WeTab.

Other Open Projects

Perhaps the most famous 'open project' is and there are a multitude of others.

Of course, there are always discussions on all aspects of free and Open Source projects.


As a group, most of our meetings are social based, with technical discussions taking place throughout the meetings and on the mailing lists.

We are part of a lively, active and growing open source community throughout the Midlands, the UK and the world. There are several local conference style meetings throughout the year.


CovLUG was formed in August 2001 and had the first meeting in May 2002 since when we have met twice a month.

Click for the old CovLUG website.