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Open source vs. piracy

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| THE Philippines still lacks awareness of and support for free and open source
| software (FOSS), Commission on Information and Communications Technology
| (CICT) Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said yesterday.
| Chua, in his speech during the opening of the Philippine Open Source Summit
| at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), said that despite the
| existence of FOSS products, many Filipinos still use pirated software.


Open source should be supported, promoted--CICT chairman

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| Open source software should be promoted as an alternative to more expensive
| proprietary software, the chairman of the Commission on Information and
| Communications Technology (CICT) said during an open source summit.



Cebu to host open source conference in 2008

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| Cebu is scheduled to hold an international open source conference next year,
| following a visit from an open source advocate, the Cebu-based executive
| director of an information and communications technology group has said. ¬*



UP Manila pushing open source initiatives for SE Asia

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| Marcelo said that next month, the IOSN will release five free and open source
| software (FOSS) primers focused on five topics: health, small and medium
| enterprises, FOSS interoperability, security and interoperability of disaster
| management of information system. ¬*


Venture capitalist puts up tech bar for open source

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| TO show the province’s potential as an open source software market, a
| Filipino venture capitalist has set foot in Cebu to advocate open source
| software development. ¬*


Pinoy ‚Äėserial technopreneur‚Äô bares new SaaS venture

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| Widely known and respected in the open source community abroad but not much
| here in the Philippines, Damarillo has created a number of open source
| software development companies including Gluecode which he sold to tech giant
| IBM in 2005 at a still undisclosed amount, and LogicBlaze which was acquired
| by Iona Technologies in 2007. ¬* ¬*
| Apart from Morph Labs, he currently sits as chair of DevZuz (formerly known
| as Simula Labs), an open source "marketplace company," and Exist Global, a
| software engineering services company being headed by American Steve Nathan. ¬*


Too late to discredit open source, advocates say

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| "It's too late," exclaimed Winston Damarillo, founder and
| chairman of software development firm Exist Global, in an
| interview with Computerworld Philippines. "Open source
| is all over the place."
| [...]
| Anson Uy, president of Touch Solutions (a Red Hat Linux company),
| earlier on broke the news to Computerworld Philippines about the
| alleged "funded missions" by some software firms to discredit open
| source, although he did not identify any company.
| Anson revealed among the top three actions against FOSS are being
| done through "sponsored studies, piracy of open source developers,
| and bold press releases."


Open source software eyed for use in more health centers

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| More local government units want to install homegrown, open source software
| for health centers developed by the University of the Philippines Manila, its
| project manager told INQUIRER.net Tuesday ¬*


Review: Bayanihan Linux 4

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| Bayanihan Linux 4 is a pretty good, simple, distribution. It is
| easy to install and manage and it gets you going quickly right out of
| the box. That being said it doesn?t have all the latest gizmos and eye
| candy of the current wave of Linux distributions. It also doesn't have
| a huge package repository, but you can probably add some more.
| It?s not bad for a government sponsored distribution and if it gets
| more people to switch to Linux, that?s a good thing. Power users will
| want more than Bayanihan provides, but the average computer user will
| find all they need in Bayanihan.


DMMSU Migrates to Linux

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| The training was participated in by about 25 faculty and personnel from
| the institution. It was an orientation and preparation for their aim
| of acquiring sufficient knowledge and skills in Open Source
| Technology to completely migrate from Windows to Linux.

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