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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Open Source facilitates German world-wide secure network

One for the govt.nz types. Nice little case study that covers the problem the German Foreign Office had and the solution they developed. The Open Standards/Open Source route they took has clearly delivered tangible benefits over other solutions on offer.

Catalyst launches Open4Business web site

Catalyst has just launched Open4Business - a site that aims to bring together in one place information on open source software of value to the business sector. We hope the initiative will raise the profile of open source within the sector, as well as provide a ready route to some of the best open source business applications out there.

Microsoft Spits Dummy : World Yawns

There was no loving feelings between Microsoft and IBM in a recent open letter published by Microsoft. IBM has been encouraging Governments to reject the Microsoft "Open XML" format currently under consideration by ISO. Microsoft are very upset, and threw a tantrum by releasing an open letter telling the world how fair they have been, and how bad IBM have been.

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.

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