NZ Open Source Society elects new president

Christchurch open source advocate Dave Lane elected at AGM

Egressive owner and open source advocate Dave Lane has been elected president of the New Zealand Open Source Society.

The president, vice president Peter Harrison and other committee members were confirmed at the Society’s annual general meeting late last week.

Lane’s company Egresssive was based in central Christchurch when the February 22 earthquake occurred and had to relocate to director Rob Fraser's house in order to resume its business operation. The company has since moved to offices in St Albans, however it will be required to shift again because it is not possible to get commercial insurance in the current location.

At the AGM outgoing president Rachel Hamilton-Williams thanked Egressive for its ‘business as usual’ service in keeping the NZOSS website operating following the earthquakes in Christchurch. She also noted that many of the IT earthquake support initiatives used open source software to coordinate information for people affected by the earthquake, such as Ushahidi.

Hamilton-Williams listed the NZOSS’s achievements in the past year as the ongoing campaign against software patents, supporting Software Freedom Day in September 2010, implementing a new website for the NZOSS, along with being part of the New Zealand Open Source Awards.

NZOOS founder Don Christie says there are around 300 to 400 members. "Most take advantage of the free membership option. Only about 10 percent are financial members which is largely a result of the fact we have only just implemented a proper membership system...again thanks to Egressive and our treasurers."

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