The New Zealand Open Source Society is a non-profit organisation set up to educate, advocate and advance the use of Open Source Software in New Zealand.

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The New Zealand Open Source Society is a non-profit organisation set up to protect, advocate and advance the use of Open Source Software in New Zealand.

NZOSS represents Open Source users, creators and contributors in New Zealand by promoting software, representing the interests of the community to Government and the education sector. It also supports community user groups.

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Community - it's us!

Free and Open Source Software exists because of, and for the benefit of a community. With FOSS, the user is the developer - the FOSS community charts its own direction and sinks or swims on its unity, enthusiasm, and ability to deliver working code.
It's simple: Free and Open Source software is what it is because of what all of us do.

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NZOSS AGM on Thursday, 4 August

The NZOSS 2011 AGM has been held. Thanks to all who took the time to participate.

 

The NZOSS will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7pm this coming Thursday, 4 August. Groups connected by video and/or teleconference will be meeting at venues Auckland (at ICONZ), Wellington (at Catalyst IT) and Christchurch (at Egressive) - with meeting business to take place on Internet Relay Chat (IRC).

Free and Open Source Strategy for Wellington

Jack Yan has approached the NZOSS asking if we can put our collective heads together and come up with the a FOSS friendly strategy for Wellington. Jack is one of the candidates running in this year's Wellington Mayoral elections (see http://jackyanformayor.org/).

So you're an open sourcerer who wants to move to NZ? Good idea.

So, you're an open source developer or tech expert and you want to move to New Zealand... what do you need to know? Here're some informal tips from someone who's been there and done that (but is not an immigration lawyer!): I moved to NZ in 1994 from the US and later started a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) development and services company, which I ran for 14 years. Although there's certainly plenty of interesting FOSS stuff going on that I don't know about, I think I have a pretty good understanding of how things work here now.

Life after Win XP: another approach - Part 4

In last week's third instalment of this series, I looked at ways you can deploy and manage FOSS solutions at an organisational scale, including support for legacy Windows XP applications. A great deal has changed since the heyday of XP - we now have to accommodate a broad range of other devices in addition to the desktop monoculture of yesteryear.

Fair Deal Press Release

As members of the Fair Deal Coalition (both the homegrown initiative and internationally), we (the NZOSS) want to make sure this attached press release and open letter to NZ's Government representatives and TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement)  negotiators are distributed widely.

Life after Win XP: another approach - Part 3

In part 2 of this series I provided several options for organisations wanting to update their current Windows XP environment to a free and open source (FOSS) environment rather than a more recent Microsoft platform when Microsoft officially abandons its venerable Windows XP in April 2014.

On to the next challenge: once you've decided your organisation can be productive with a FOSS environment, you have to work out how to set up and maintain it.

Life after Win XP: another approach - Part 2

Last week in the first instalment of this series, I introduced the idea that free and open source software (FOSS) market leader in most areas of computing and it's also a viable upgrade path for users of the soon-to-be-orphaned Windows XP. I noted some of the implications of migrating from XP to a FOSS computing environment.

Life after Win XP: another approach - Part 1

As many in the business, education and government sectors wring their hands over the impending demise of Microsoft's venerable Windows XP operating system, the IT media is offering helpful advice on moving to the more recent MS operating system, Windows 7. Some even boldly suggest moving straight to Windows 8.1.

Patents Bill with Software Exclusion Passes Into Law

Today in the NZ Parliament, the Patents Bill (the first update to the current patent legislation, unchanged since 1952!) underwent its Committee Stage (initiated with a rather stirring speech by Clare Curran lauding the NZ software industry as the "forgers and creators of our new economy") and its Third Reading

No Fair Deal: delay to Copyright Law Review due to TPP

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As members of the Fair Deal NZ coalition (led by InternetNZ's Susan Chalmers) and the global Our Fair Deal, also led by the NZ-based coalition, the NZOSS is keen to get this message out. Please alert your friends to this press release highlighting a basic threat to New Zealand's sovereignty - and to the quality of life of every New Zealander.

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