Open Source AGM called off due to overwhelming demand

The inaugural meeting of the Open Source Society failed to take place not because too few people showed up, but because there were too many.

The inaugural meeting of the Open Source Society (OSS) failed to take place not because too few people showed up, but because there were too many.

The OSS was to have met for the first time last weekend to decide on issues like its structure and how to coordinate efforts among members. While the core AGM would be held in Auckland, potential members in the rest of the country were to have been able to attend via video conferencing and using online voting software, all open source of course.

However OSS spokesman Peter Harrison says the Auckland meeting proved too popular for its hosts.

"We were all set to go, but they had another event on at the same time and told us we couldn't have that many people turn up. I tried to find a new venue but it was late in the piece and we needed access to the bandwidth so we've had to postpone."

Harrison says he's had firm commitments from over 100 individuals and around 400 people signed the open source open letter to the government (Non committal govt disappoints open sourcers).

"This isn't a Linux user group, it's a lot bigger than that. We've got corporations like HP and IBM interested and so we've got to be careful about how we organise things and structure things for the future."

Harrison hopes to hold the next inaugural meeting in about a month's time.

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