The NZ Electoral Roll goes open source
Its always good to read about old school Oracle databases and Visual Basic frontends being replaced by open source solutions, and it is even better when this news is coming from New Zealand. The New Zealand Electoral Roll now runs on a Postgres cluster distributed between Wellington and Auckland and just to top it off it is running on top of Debian (no fancy commercial Linux for our government thank you very much). By the looks of things development was in the works for a while but at least it has come into reality unlike many government sponsored IT projects. Open source moves like this are great and it is good to see a few of them get publicised in this manner.