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Opening the doors to co-operative software

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When a NZ State Services Commission document used the word "infectious" this year to describe open source software licences, Peter Harrison was among those to catch the contagious grumpy bug that followed.

But rather than get mad, the president of the NZ Open Source Society decided to get diplomatic.

Instead of firing off an angry press release, the society sent a report to the commission outlining suggested changes to the offending briefing paper, which had been written as a guide for Government departments.

"They took that on board. We had a meeting with them and we had an opportunity to review their second version of that document before they finally published it," Harrison says.

"That to us was a big move from the point of view that we were actually working co-operatively with Government.

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