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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Postgres success story

The message below is copied from a Postgresql mailing list. A vote of confidence in Open Source.

Brent Wood

The Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) of the Wisconsin Court System has migrated to PostgreSQL for all of its Circuit Court web operations. Eight production databases have been converted, six of them around 180 GB each, holding statewide information replicated real-time from 72 county databases. The central copies support audit functions, statewide statistics and report generation, and this web site:

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/

Given the success of this effort, we expect to be converting the other court databases to PostgreSQL.

$15m for e-education

Good to see some of that heading towards an Open Source project in this article on stuff. Some of the money is earmarked for the OSVLE and modules for Moodle. Interestingly one of the recipients is Telford Rural PolyTech. They were mentioned at the GOVIS OSS as one of the organisations who couldn't afford to participate in any proprietary e-learning environment and had recently set up a Moodle based system. Nice to see that they are looking developing modules themselves. That's what community is about.

Microsoft's EU offer a 'poisoned honeypot' - rival

At last! An article on stuff outlining the real problems with 'shared source' initiatives. I have been especially disappointed with tertiary institutions who have taken up this offer in the past as it has the potential to eat into the very heart of the next generation of OSS developers. The risk in the education sector is even worse as even the fact that you attended an institution who signed an agreement may be an issue although you may never have seen the code yourself.

Conspiracy theorists could have a field day...

IBM Linux head says savings real

A short article on stuff covering the recent visit of Mary Ann Fisher and GOVIS Open Source seminar. Interesting takeaways are:

  • gov.uk saved 2.3 billion euro by switching to a Linux based procurement systems
  • only 2% of companies see benefit in a in a total OSS stack, so hybrid systems are here for a while folks

Still lots of opportunity out there!

MP criticises SSC open source guidelines

This article in Computerworld covers reaction to the State Services Commission OSS guidelines document here. There was a bit of discussion about this at the recent GOVIS Open Source Seminar as well. And of course the NZOSS mailing list has been fairly smoking!

The NZOSS is in the process of formulating a response to the SSC to express our concerns about some aspects of the guidelines.

Open source preferred in SME sector says study

And the byline is "But one third of companies have no board of directors or business plan"...

Not much depth to this article on Compterworld unfortunately. E.g What form does the Open Source software take?

Nevermind. We now have a number to bandy about in public.

Kumar erased evidence from his hard drive, US says

And the Open Source connection? Well, according to the article on ComputerWorld, Kumar reformatted his laptop to run the Linux OS after the government started investigating the company.

Excellent to see the former CEO of Computer Associates believes Open Source software is ready for the desktop... not sure I'd ask him for a reference though.

Plone expands government user base

And one to cheer me up. A nice little Computerworld article covering the use of Plone within the NZ Govt. Unfortunately due to the timing (a conflict with LCA2006) I missed Cyrille Bonnet of 3months.com recently giving a presentation to the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Computer Society about this.

Could possibly be a subject for a 'World Tour of New Zealand' though...

Katipo’s koha still wooing librarians around the world

A nice article in Computerworld about Koha, the Open Source Library Management system. Chris's presentation at Linux Conf 2006 was very interesting. I was struck yet again by how much New Zealanders achieve overseas while being ignored at home. Koha is a case in point. Used by Libraries, Universities and businesses all over the world and there are, wait for it, two libraries in NZ using it. Go figure.

If Linus snubs new GPL, is that it for 'open source'?

An interesting article on The Register. Regular Reg. readers will be aware of that august publications impartial and objective approach to reporting... no, wait, that must be some other paper...

Anyway, it's under Andrew Orlowski's byline if that's any help. I still can't quite shake the feeling that the GPL V2 vs. V3 argument is a bit of a storm in a teacup at this point. The draft GPL V3 is out looking for feedback and drawing up battle lines at this early stage seems a bit premature to me. On the other hand, given the personalities of the people involved in the document to date I'm not entirely sure that there will be a great deal of modification to it either, no matter what feedback is received. I will, as always, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised*.

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