As many people will now be aware, RMS is visting NZ between August 6th and 20th and a series of talks in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch is being arranged. His itinerary is not 100% confirmed but it is getting closer.
Simon Bridge is doing most of the co-ordination of the trip and getting help from people like Peter Lambrechtsen in Wellington. Simon is keeping an up-to-date calendar of events at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~corwin/rms08.html.
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Came across this article on Computerworld today. It's nice to see industry pundits finally admitting that the Open Source software development model is of significant benefit to business...
Well, actually they didn't say that at all in the article itself, but the points that they raised, which are all quite valid, are perfectly addressed by the Open Source model.
After introducing our "free as in beer membership" option last year we have noticed a drop off in paid up members. As a society we run on a very low level of funds, 99.9% of the work we carry out is voluntary. However, there are times when having funds are useful. An example would be trying to help pay for flights for visiting speakers such as Richard Stallman, who will be in NZ next month.
So, this is an appeal to those of you who may not have paid your annual subscription. Please go ahead and do so. Details of how to renew financial membership are here:
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