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  • 30/09/2009 - 17:09

    The public sector in New Zealand is looking at how public agencies around the world have adapted their procurement policies to get better value for the taxpayer. Many countries share the New Zealand Government’s priorities: improve public services, lift productivity, and manage costs.

    To help achieve this, the Government’s procurement reform programme aims to deliver cost savings, build procurement capability and capacity, enhance New Zealand business participation in government procurement, and improve procurement governance.

  • 29/09/2009 - 11:48

    The NZOSS is now a charitable society. Earlier in the year the NZOSS modified it's constitution in order to support it's application to gain charitable status. With those changes in place it was possible to move ahead with becoming a charitable society. A few days ago we received our registration documentation.

  • 22/09/2009 - 10:32

    Clare Curran has been spending time listening and talking to a lot of people as she gets to grips with her ICT spokesperson portfolio. She picked Software Freedom Day (Wellington) to come very close to announcing a full on FOSS friendly policy from Labour.

    Liberty, Linux and the gift economy.

  • 10/09/2009 - 12:15

    NorthTec's CIS department has released its first newsletter (see attached). Many thanks to Dr. Albert van Aardt for bringing it to our attention. It is clear that Northtec is interested in teaching people about the fundamentals of computing.

  • 26/08/2009 - 08:50

    Media Release

    For immediate publication.

    The public sector in New Zealand is following other public agencies around the world in looking for ways to reduce the cost of desktop computing.

    The New Zealand Open Source Society today announced the launch of the Public Sector Remix project to demonstrate the viability of free open source software on public sector desktops.

    A number of central, regional and local government agencies are working together to run trials using free software for common desktop tasks.

  • 17/08/2009 - 23:08

    The 2009 AGM of the New Zealand Open Source Society has been held.

    The NZOSS would like to thank all attendees and those financial members who took the time to vote on the proposed constitution changes. We are now able to progress our application for Charitable status and hope to have that completed as soon as possible.

    The poll results are available here.

    The NZOSS would like to thank all members for their continued support.

  • 07/08/2009 - 11:49

    Updated 10/8/2009 - Mike O'Connor has sent me his speaking notes. Now added to the files attached.

    I thought I would write up some notes about my presentation to the Commerce Select Committee yesterday. These notes include my "talking points sheet" that I largely stuck to before the Q&A. Composition of the committee can be found here:

  • 26/07/2009 - 10:11

    Linus Torvalds has said that he would consider contributions from any source, and that although he makes jokes about Microsoft, that Microsoft hatred is a disease. Recently Microsoft released 20,000 lines of code under the GPL that will allow better Linux integration with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Some commentators have said that this move was selfish, and others have claimed that the move was forced on Microsoft by obligations of the GPL.

  • 14/07/2009 - 14:14

    Today the Government released a review of Section 92a of the Copyright Act relating to termination of Internet accounts of those that commit copyright infringement. In the original legislation there would have been a notification system in which the subscriber would have little opportunity to object.

  • 13/07/2009 - 08:43 is reporting that Air New Zealand will be adopting a open source content management system produced by New Zealand IT company SilverStripe. Unlike many other companies SilverStripe has been expanding as customers looking for more cost effective solutions sign up. Last year they signed up the United States Democrats' National Convention.

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