The Open Source Society (NZOSS) will be incorporated by the time of its inaugural annual general meeting on March 15. The main purpose of the Saturday meeting will be to ratify the society’s constitution, says chairman Peter Harrison.
The society, which has existed since August last year, says it is not making an announcement until after incorporation has actually taken place because there have been several premature announcements.
It has taken longer than was originally planned because it’s a non-profit organisation dependent on volunteers, says Harrison. Producing a constitution has also taken longer than expected, he says.
Originally the society expected to become incorporated and hold its first AGM last September, but this was canned when the Auckland venue turned out not to be big enough for the number of attendees expected.
Venues for the March AGM will be IBM’s offices in Auckland and Wellington. The Christchurch location has yet to be decided. IBM is also providing video conference equipment and bandwidth.
Harrison says the NZOSS has 159 members, some of whom don’t use Linux but do use other types of open source software.