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.

About us

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.


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.


President to Stand Down

The President of the NZOSS will be stepping down at this years Annual General Meeting. Peter Harrison, the President since the foundation of the society in 2002 said that "I thought as we are now into the new year it is about time I announce that I'm stepping down as President this year. I made the decision last year, and feel quite happy that there are people in the organisation that will be more than competent in taking the NZOSS forward."

Harrison thanked his fellow members of the society for the trust placed in him during his time in the role, and expressed his desire for fre

DRM Death Sentence

Peter Gutmann, security and encryption researcher at Auckland University has written an analysis of Vista which addresses the cost of the Digital Rights Management technology Microsoft have incorporated into the new Vista operating system. In Gutmann's estimation "The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history." He continues to describe the deliberate degradation of capabilities users will experience when DRM protected content arrives on your computer.

NZOSS Newsletter Published

The NZOSS Newsletter has been published describing many of the events that occured throughot 2006. This includes the presidents report which details the vision for improving the NZOSS and executing projects in 2007.

Novell and Microsoft under the Microscope

Many people have been asking the NZOSS for an analysis of the deal Novell did with Microsoft. It is perhaps tempting to dismiss the deal based on Microsofts history of illegal monopolistic behaviour such as its deals that excluded DR DOS from the market, or its bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows to undermine Netscape, or its bundling of Windows Media Players to undermine Real.

Sun to Release Java under GPL

This week Sun announced the release of Java under the GPL. Sun says that the move was a consequence of the Microsoft and Novell deal. The released code will be Java SE, Java ME and Java EE. They also said that Solaris, currently licensed under the CDDL license, may also be released under the GPL which might allow cross polination of source code between Linux and Solaris.

Microsoft to Support Linux

In the last few months we have seen Microsoft working closer with companies that support and develop open source applications such as Sugar CRM. Microsoft has also claimed that it is becoming somewhat less agressive in its approach to competition. That said todays announcement that Microsoft will be supporting Novell's Suse Linux is still somewhat of a shock. Some might be suspicious of this new relationship, but perhaps we should applaude it as an example of how open source could be good for everyone; even Microsoft.

African Piracy Costing

Usually I try to avoid posting articles about Microsoft that do not relate to Open Source, however in this story at Aljazeera we see Microsoft making the claim that using pirated software is hampering economic growth and costing governments and businesses billions of dollars.

Open Source Film Launches

Stray Cinema is a open source cimema project. The raw footage from a film shot in London has been made available for the public to download from the Stray Cinema website. This is to provide people all over the world with the opportunity to create their own version of the film.

Nandor to attend Software Freedom Day

Nandor Tanczos, a keen Open-Source advocate, has kindly agreed to attend the Auckland Software Freedom Day event. Nandor will be arriving at 11am to give a brief speech on Open Source Software. The event will be held on Queen Street this Saturday, and will initially be on the corner of Queen Street and Victoria Street. There will also be demonstrations of Open Source Software, and copies of Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox available.

Web Services to be Freed of Patents

Microsoft has just released a "Microsoft Open Specification Promise" related to thirty five web service patents. It is a similar promise made regarding Word Processing patents. The release of this promise was done in consultation with Red Hat. Mark Webbink, General Council for Red Hat stated “Red Hat believes that the text of the OSP gives sufficient flexibility to implement the listed specifications in software licensed under free and open source licenses. We commend Microsoft’s efforts to reach out to representatives from the open source community and solicit their feedback on this text, and Microsoft's willingness to make modifications in response to our comments.”

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