November 2009

LCA Biggest Open Source Conference in the Southern Hemisphere

Many members of the NZOSS have snapped up early bird tickets for Linux.conf.au which is being held in Wellington, New Zealand in January 2010.

As an indication of interest in this event, early bird tickets sold out nearly *two* weeks before the close off dates. Registrations for normal tickets remain open until Dec 24th, but it is worth getting in quick.

Public Sector Remix Launches IT Vendor Capability Survey

The New Zealand Open Source Society and Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Information Management today launched an IT vendor capability survey, as part of the Public Sector Remix project.

The Remix project involves a number of central, regional and local government agencies working together to trial free software for common desktop tasks such as document management, mail, calendar and browser-based information services.

InternetNZ and Creative Freedom Slam Secret Copyright Agreement

Posted on: November 4, 2009 - 14:21 By: Feynmanfan

InternetNZ and the Creative Freedom group have slammed a change of direction in the latest round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations which are seeking to cut off peoples Internet connections for copyright infringement. Earlier this year the Creative Freedom group promoted an Internet Blackout in support of repealing changes to the Copyright Act that have cut peoples connections if they commit copyright infringement.

Users Tout Python in Education

Posted on: November 2, 2009 - 17:05 By: Feynmanfan

The New Zealand Python User Group is promoting Python as a programming language ideal for introducing students to software development. The group claims Python is one of the closest programming language to the English language and is therefore very simple to learn. As evidence of the simplicity of Python they point to Otago University who have decided to teach Python as part of an introductory course to programming.

User Group touts benefits of Python

The New Zealand Python User Group is promoting Python as a programming language ideal for introducing students to software development. The group claims Python is one of the closest programming language to the English language and is therefore very simple to learn. As evidence of the simplicity of Python they point Otago University who have have decided to teach Python as part of an introductory course to programming.