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Open Standards NZ Initiative

Our friends have initiated a petition to educate New Zealanders about the state of our government IT procurement, and its complete capture by proprietary interests.

We in the NZOSS do not want to see our government mandate the adoption of open source software - that would not make sense. We believe that would be a natural consequence of our government "levelling the playing field" for software procurement by mandating compliance of all software procured by government with relevant vendor-neutral, royalty-free open standards.

2014 FOSS Retrospectives

Opensource.com has an excellent retrospective article describing internationally signficant events affecting the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) world last year. It mentioned a number of fascinating developments. The most profound, in my opinion, is the UK's mandate to use open standards for communication with and information dissemination by the government there. The ripples are only just starting to hit our shores.

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:

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.

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.

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