NZOSS Online Services

The NZOSS makes a number of online services available for our members - and the broader NZ community - to use. They provide a showcase of free and open source (FOSS) software tools. The current offerings include:

  1. - this website, which is also currently our membership management system. It is built on the Drupal web application/CMS framework.
  2. - our new (as of January 2018) membership site - it's built on the Odoo ERP system and allows secure online credit card payment and payment by bank transfer... We aim to provide a how-to for other organisations in NZ to benefit from using this impressive, vastly flexible system.
  3. - our email lists, generously sponsored by OnlineGroups.Net - alongside our main OpenChat list, there're a bunch of special topic groups. Anyone can join!
  4. - our Rocket.Chat-based messaging platform (which is functionally similar to other rich messaging tools like Slack, Yammer, Mattermost, Riot, and others). We have channels for lots of different tech-specific interest groups - if there's one you'd like to see that's missing, we'll create it! We work with communities of interest - that's FOSS all over. Just sign up to take part!
  5. - our GitLab instance, making it easier for FOSS developers here in New Zealand to collaborate. GitLab is similar in many ways to other Git-based forges, like and, although unlike those, it is FOSS.
  6. - our Mastodon instance, join us and become part of the Fediverse. Mastodon is a free, non-corporate, distributed social network with some superficial similarities to Twitter.
  7. - our NextCloud and Collabora (online, collaborative LibreOffice) and (in 2019) Only Office instances. This combination - functionally similar to Google Docs - which has succeeded, our concurrent collaborative editing solution, an Etherpad-Lite instance. You'll need to request an account on this one at this time.
  8. - our case (and online petition) to convince the NZ government that open standards for software procurement should be mandated across all government agencies. (also a Drupal site)
  9. - our previous online petition calling on the NZ government to block the patenting of computer software in this jurisdiction. This successful effort is online for historical purposes, and to assist other countries who are mounting similar domestic efforts to block software from patentability. (yet another Drupal site)
  10. - our instance of the Mautic marketing automation system. You can get an overview and how-to for setting it up. This is a good replacement for proprietary cloud services like MailChimp, Constant Contact, and Campaign Manager. If you'd like a look, let us know!
  11. Recommendation: if you use Microsoft's Skype, Google's Hangouts, or Apple's Facetime or another proprietary video conference package, we encourage you to try - we use it for all internal NZOSS meetings (our council and members are distributed all over the country). You can use it free of cost with any open standards-compliant web browser supporting WebRTC (currently Google Chrome, FOSS Chromium or Firefox, Opera) without any other software installation required, and without needing to trust any of Microsoft (Skype), Google (Hangouts), or Apple (Facetime) not to be make your conversations available to various government security agencies. You can find FOSS (gratis and libre) Jitsi Meet apps for Android and iOS, too, which allow you to take advantage of this excellent video conferencing solution from almost any device. By default, Jitsi Meet is end-to-end encrypted. Also, if you want to ensure complete trust, you can set up your own hosted Jitsi Meet server - it's all FOSS - on hosting you trust. Then you also control the mid-point (the server at the centre, used to set up "rooms" for meetings). Cost: a few minutes to set it up, plus US$10/month commodity Linux virtual server hire.

We can bring these services to you thanks to generous sponsored hosting services provided by Catalyst IT and Rimu Hosting, and thanks to NZOSS volunteer system administrators and dev-ops people.

We have other tools waiting in the wings, and will add them to the list when they're up and running.