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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NZ Open Source Awards 2016 - nominations now open!

We're very pleased to share with you that the NZ Open Source Awards will be run again this year (2016), thanks to Catalyst IT.

If you're using or contributing towards open source software here in NZ, please nominate the projects, communities and individuals you'd like to see recognised at the awards, which will be held in October.

You're welcome to nominate yourself and your own projects - don't be shy!

TPPA compromises NZ Data Sovereignty

Section 14.13.2 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) states:

NZOSS 2016 Council Meetup Report

This past weekend (16-17 Jan 2016) ten (out of 13) NZOSS Councillors met in Wellington, at the Catalyst IT offices in Willis Street.
 
First, many thanks to Catalyst for providing us with th

The TPPA is only part of the story

In reading through the patent-specific parts of the leaked TPPA IP Chapter to undertake yesterday's analysis, I noticed something the implications of which concern me greatly.

I reproduce Article QQ.A.8 below for your reference (original is on page 4 of the leaked chapter):

Article QQ.A.8: {International Agreements}

Analysis of Wikileaks TPPA IP chapter regarding Software Patents

I've read Article QQ.E.1 {Patentable Subject matter} to determine if there are any clear implications for New Zealand's ban on software patents. Remember that this is not necessarily the final text of the agreement, so we are still only guessing, really.

New NZOSS Council and VP for 2015-16

Congratulations to our five new NZOSS councillors for the 2015-16 year!
They are

  • Grant Paton-Simpson (Auckland)
  • Steve Ellis (Auckland)
  • Rose Lu (Wellington)
  • birgit bachler (wellington)
  • Danny Adair (Kawakawa, Northland)

Many thanks, too, to our returning councillors:

Unwaged Membership

$20.00

Annual membership for students or unwaged people including retirees. This is equivalent to a full membership and gives current members a vote in Society matters.

$20.00

NZOSS 2015 AGM - 13-19 September

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The 2015 NZOSS AGM will be a not be at a specific time, but rather asynchronous over the course of a week: Sun 13- Sat 19 Sept.

We are still taking nominations for candidates for council and Vice President and President - just nominate yourself or someone else (ideally with their permission). We provide instructions if you want to nominate someone or yourself.

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.

Thanks to Catalyst and Rimu Hosting

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The NZOSS would like to thank Catalyst IT for many years of website support and over two years of gratis website hosting (Catalyst IT continued managing and hosting this site after it acquired Egressive, who had hosted the site for many years prior). Catalyst provides excellent hosting services, including NZ's first OpenStack cloud service.

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