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[wlug] Extra Meeting - this thursday

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Roderick Aldridge rod-a@h...
Mon Nov 15 09:45:17 NZDT 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-15 at 16:47 +1300, Greig McGill wrote:
> Hi WLUG, and other interested parties.
> In an effort to step outside our little box, and to encourage members of 
> the WLUG to consider the political aspects of Open Source, I have asked 
> Rodney Hide to come and speak to us.
> He will be speaking this Thursday evening (the 18th) at 8pm at our usual 
> meeting location - Lit.B. at the University of Waikato.  A map is at:
> Mr. Hide is, as you will all be aware, the leader of the ACT party.  He 
> posts a regularly updated blog at, and he is 
> all in favour of Open Source software.
> This meeting is open to all, so please, bring a friend.  It'll be the 
> least "geeky" meeting we are likely to have until Nandor Tanczos joins 
> us sometime next year (yes, really - I like to hear both sides of an 
> argument - how about you?) so you are welcome to bring people who may 
> have been scared away by the more technical meetings.

Supporting Open Source software is one thing (perhaps the only one) that
Rodney Hide and Nandor Tancos agree on - witness this press release from
Nandor Tancos today. I don´t suppose you could get Nandor to come as
well - think of the headlines in the local media ¨Open Source unites
sworn enemies¨ .....

                                                        15 November 2004

             Cut costs at IT giants’ expense, not students

Green Tertiary Education and IT Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos is hailing
Victoria University’s move to open source servers and suggests that
Waikato University look at following suit. 

Both varsities have announced today that they need to reduce costs, but
while Vic is achieving this by moving its admin, finance and HR systems
to servers running the open source software ‘Red Hat Linux’, Waikato is
instead looking at reducing staff numbers by doing some jobs less often
and reviewing student-staff ratios. 

“Congratulations to Victoria for choosing to balance their budget by
reducing how much money they give to multinational corporations; Waikato
should follow their example instead of compromising the quality of their
students’ education,” said Nandor, who is a Waikato graduate and lives
in Hamilton. 

“Waikato prides itself for being a hot bed of innovation, but this time
Victoria are the ones using their imagination and lateral thinking to
look at the overall picture.

“Tertiary institutions nationwide should take note of Victoria’s move.
Open source is a cheaper option all round and the education sector
making greater use of it would benefit institutions, their students and
the local software industry.”

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