The Open Source Society has elected several councillors ahead of an annual general meeting and will meet later this week for the first time to work out the basic society structure.
As IDGNet reported last month, (Open Source AGM called off due to overwhelming demand) the society's first attempts at a real-world meeting were dashed because of excessive numbers of interested parties.
Since then the society members have been "meeting" virtually, holding a number of online discussions and voting on councillors to take the society into the real world.
Those discussions are now complete and the voting has resulted in 11 councillors being elected, according to spokesman Peter Harrison.
"We have yet to decide on things like society fees and who will take which role - chair, secretary and so on."
So successful has the virtual society been that the new real world society will include procedures for online participation and voting in its constitution.
While the society may be new, several of its members have been working on various projects for some time that will now fall under the Open Source Society umbrella. These include raising the public awareness of all things open source and encouraging the use of open source software in schools.
Next year the society hopes to hold its first annual conference and plans to bring speakers from the US are well advanced.