Mailing Lists Outage

Due to a hardware failure the NZOSS mailing lists were offline for about 2 days.

(The website is hosted seperately and is unaffected.)

In the interim we've set up a 'manual distribution system' which will redistribute posts to all 'subscribers' but without all the typical listserv features - there's no web archive, and no automated subscribe/unsubscribe process.

[New mailing lists are coming - now sooner rather than later - so subscribers should stay tuned]

If you wish to join the NZOSS OpenChat List; Remove yourself from it; or have any questions, please email sysadmin{at} and i'll address it as I can [manually]. Again, apologies for the inconvenience.

I should make subscribers aware, however, that in the current state of the 'list', any 'bounces' generated through problems with 'subscribers' email addresses will go back to the original poster. This is a potential privacy issue and for this reason I draw peoples attention to this. If you have an issue with this behavior, I can remove you from the distribution list - please drop me an email to the above address.

Mark Foster
NZOSS Admin team.

Flying high with open source

Continuing in the vein of Open Source in real businesses we have this article from NetworkWorld. Robert Wisemen and Kevin Bomar talk about benefits Sabre Holdings derive from the use of Open Source software in their business. Sabre Holdings provide services to both airlines and travel agents around the world and are truly a 24/7 operation.

Lots of affirmation around bullet points we all know about and they even discuss some of the drawbacks... my favourite comes from page 4...

The Momentum of Open Standards - a Pragmatic Approach to Software Interoperability

iTWire is carrying an article on an approach to Open Standards in Europe that it classes as a "must read". The article itself is available here and is being published by the European Journal of ePractice.

It's worth it for the background read and there are lots of links to various bits of research... what is not mentioned on the front page of the website (but is on the pdf) is that the authors work for Oracle and IBM so if you are going to wave it at people be prepared to answer any 'vested interest' counterclaims.

German Foreign Ministry switches to F/OSS, drastically reducing costs

According to Rolf Schuster, a diplomat at the German Embassy in Madrid and the former head of IT at the German Foreign Ministry, Open Source desktops are cheaper to maintain by far than proprietary equivalents. "The Foreign Ministry is running desktops in many far away and some very difficult locations. Yet we invest only one thousand euro per desktop per year. That is far lower than other ministries, that on average invest more than 3000 euro per desktop per year," he said.