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[News] Another Push for Free Software in the Philippines

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Use open system in 2010—ex-poll chief 

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| Lagman said the Computer Science Department of the University of the 
| Philippines Diliman had been tapped to develop the open source software for 
| the proposed OES.  



The Ilumina: Philippine Tech Trades Outsourcing for Open Source

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| In terms of ease, we’re built on open source so it’s just really a matter of
| our software team liaising with all these developers and releasing the
| development parameters. We envision a web-based platform wherein they can
| communicate, collaborate, share, and even sell the applications they’ve
| developed. We also believe in making it exciting for the software developers
| through a revenue-sharing business model. Their efforts for the Ilumina
| should be aptly rewarded.


Red Hat strengthens position in local market

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| IT products and solutions distributor MSI-ECS Phils. Inc. will be the
| distributor of Red Hat products in the country, as it recently signed a
| partnership deal with the open-source solutions provider firm.
| With at least 500 resellers locally, MSI-ECS will be Red Hat’s local channel
| to help the latter “to deepen its position in the Philippine market,” said
| Teong Eng Guan, general manager of Red Hat for Asean.


RP still needs to enable open source community

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| Following its renewed partnership with Red Hat, Go said MSI-ECS is expecting
| to push Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the country.
| MSI-ECS has more than 500 resellers in the Philippines and is currently
| distributing major brands like IBM, HP. The local company is part of the ECS
| Holdings, a regional information communication technology leader in
| Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
| Meanwhile, Red Hat said it is also working with Ayala Systems Technology
| Inc., and Ubaldo Reidenbach Solutions Inc., companies that are labeled as
| advance business partners of Red Hat.


Philippines hosts open source conference

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| The Philippines is scheduled to host a regional open source conference next
| month, which will gather representatives from 21 countries to sign an
| agreement.
| The said agreement will push for co-operation among these countries in the
| area of open source and is expected to benefit emerging markets like the
| Philippines.


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 ‘serial technopreneur’ 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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