Open source opens doors

For someone whose job suddenly disappeared on him, Auckland software developer Vik Olliver is on a high. Apart from his employment misfortune, good things have been happening to Olliver, a stalwart of the open source software community in New Zealand.

For one, he has a new job, courtesy of Wellington company Catalyst IT, one of whose directors, Don Christie, is president of the New Zealand Open Source Society. Christie and Olliver were vying for the presidency earlier in the year and Christie won.

For another, the thrill of rubbing shoulders with leading lights of the international open source movement at their annual convention, OSCON, in the United States is still a recent memory.