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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The NZOSS is proud to sponsor:

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/).

Linux.Conf.Au 2015 - InternetNZ Diversity Funding Programme

The NZOSS is very pleased to see this intiative from InternetNZ!

The following is a press release from the organisers of Linux.conf.au 2015.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Friday 21st November 2014 – linux.conf.au 2015 Organisers are proud to announce our funding programme!

NZ Open Source Awards 2014

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Last night a group of us gathered at Te Papa in Wellington to celebrate the NZ free and open source community. The NZ Open Source Awards celebrated the contributions of people applying open source principles to many aspects of creativity like software, hardware, making, science, and art. 

The event, as always, was brilliantly run, with MC duties provided by Hamish McEwan and the heavy organisational lifting led by Catalyst IT. Joy Liddicoat provided a stirring keynote about ways in which open source offers value to the world's least privileged and most at risk.

Internet NZ - "Why we're fans of Open Source"

In the lead up to next week's NZ Open Source Awards, sponsor Internet NZ's Dean Pemberton has written a stirring article on why Internet NZ values (Free and) Open Source Software.

Catalyst Open Source Academy 2015

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If you know any tech-curious year 12 and 13 secondary students, looking to broaden their horizons and future opportunities, then please point them at the Catalyst Open Source Academy! They can now apply for the January 2015 two week programme, to be held at Catalyst House in Wellington.

Finalists for the 2014 NZ Open Source Awards Announced

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The judges have deliberated over an inspiring set of nominated projects and individuals to select the finalists for the 2014 NZ Open Source Awards. Three or four finalists were selected in each of the following categories:

New NZOSS Council for 2014, Executive voted in for another term

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At our 2014 AGM, the voting members of the Society elected the following Councillors: 

President's Report 2013-14

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Shortly after our 2012-13 AGM, the culmination of several years of hard work by a dedicated group within the NZOSS and some of our sector collaborators, the NZ government altered our Patents legislation to block the patenting of software. In the warm glow of that major victory for all New Zealand software developers, the year has been one of quiet growth for the Society, but very busy for the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) world at large.

2014 New Zealand Open Source Awards - submit your nominations now!

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Nominations for the 2014 New Zealand Open Source Awards are officially open.

The New Zealand Open Source Awards are designed to recognise and promote

  • the contributions of New Zealanders to free and open source projects and free and open source philosophy

  • exemplary use of free and open source by New Zealand organisations.

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