Members of the New Zealand Open Source Society come from all walks of life. There are various means to interact and 'network' with other like minded people, in a variety of places and contexts. Here is a small (and evolving) list of the various communities and groups that may provide a means to meet and interact with NZOSS members and supporters. To get involved, we invite you to join our community mailing lists or our our real-time chat or our Mastodon instance.
Societies and Clubs
Groups like InternetNZ and IT Professionals often feature supporters of Free and Open Source Software in their membership. In New Zealand we are fortunate to have supporters from across the Information Technology industry; New Zealand is a hotbed for FOSS development and this is represented through groups such as this.
User and Developer Groups
Many Free and Open Source packages have strong user communities who exchange news, views and how-tos with other enthusiasts via mailing lists, online forums and face-to-face meetings. Some of the biggest of these are groups such as Linux and BSD user groups; PHP and Python user groups and online forums of various sorts.
Get Togethers and Meetups
We have over a thousand people signed up for our Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington Meetup.com groups - you're welcome to join us! If you prefer to test out a new fully open source alternative to the Meetup platform (which isn't open source), we're also using GetTogether - currently (7/2018) there's a Christchurch group, but look out for others!