September 2011

Open Source 3D Printing Now More Accurate Than Proprietary Printers Too

Posted on: September 27, 2011 - 11:53 By: vik

A milestone has been passed in the Open Source control software for 3D printers, allowing an NZ$800 RepRap to produce higher resolution output than an NZ$25,000 commercial 3D printer using the same basic printing technology. The RepRap is also printing faster than the proprietary offering and uses cheaper, multi-sourced consumables.

Details and images here http://blog.reprap.org/2011/09/tipping-point-of-print-quality-open.html

webERP

Posted on: September 21, 2011 - 10:57 By: dave

webERP is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool. It provides a complete web based accounting and business management system that requires only a web-browser and pdf reader to use. It has a wide range of features suitable for many businesses particularly distributed businesses requiring multi-currency and multi location inventory in wholesale, distribution and manufacturing. The feature set is continually expanding as new businesses and developers adopt it. There are now translations into 20 languages.

Catalyst IT Wins South China Morning Post Contract

Posted on: September 20, 2011 - 13:26 By: vik

Wellington open source software firm and NZOSS sponsor Catalyst IT has won a significant Chinese software contract. The South China Morning Post will use Catalyst's Open Source expertise to develop their news website and supporting systems for more than 100,000 subscribers.

Full coverage here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/5645891/Catalyst-IT-wins-South-China-…

Thoughts on Copyright

Posted on: September 16, 2011 - 10:43 By: dave

It would be fair to say that here at the NZOSS we agree that copyright is a vital legal instrument to ensure that people get credit for their creative endeavours (and can't claim credit for that of others). It is key to free and open source software and free and open culture:

Draft: Thoughts on Copyright

The following is my first draft of a copyright position - it still has some barely sketched out bits and some notes to me to remind me of what I wanted to say... :) I've sort of couched it as my personal view, which I'm throwing out there - and others in the NZOSS can ratify what I say or not... perhaps it would be a candidate for a first member poll :)

There're still some things I want to add, but I don't see why this page can't evolve to address other areas of copyright that come to the fore over the next few months...