This is an excellent example of a to notch computer user group. Check out The Boston Linux & Unix User Group. They have several email lists and meet once a month in or around MIT. The members are diverse and you would be surprised at the talent lurking.
I have enjoyed their “discuss” list for many years. It’s friendly to GNU/Linux, BSD, and Unix noobs as well as useful for the seasoned professional.
They also have an interesting history. Here’s a quote from their about us page:
Boston Linux & Unix began as The Boston Computer Society‘s Linux & Unix User Group; we’ve been meeting since 1994.
Whether you’re in Hawaii and want some nice folks to email with or in Boston and want to have a beer and chat in person, BLU is a great tech group for everybody.
I can not recommend it more.