[SFD-discuss] One Nation: Unity for Software Freedom. Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2008 in the Philippines
rbahaguejr at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 15:25:47 BST 2008
Ref: Rick Bahague,
Lead Organizer - SFD Philippine Celebration 2008
Computer Professionals' Union
Are you tired of frequent spyware and viruses in your computer? Do you want
to get loads of fantastic, feature-packed software for free?
Join us in celebrating Software Freedom Day 2008 at the University of Makati
where ordinary users, geeks, programmers, NGOs and even internet shops have
laid out a coordinated celebration of free and open source software (FOSS)
on September 20, 2008.
Starting at 8 am in the morning with simultaneous events from Luzon to
Mindanao, open source enthusiasts will meet and hold seminars and trainings
on the use and promotion of FOSS. There will be a live video stream that
will allow viewers to join in the events. Aside from the University of
Makati and PUP-Taguig events in Metro Manila, there will also be regional
events in Angeles, Mindanao State University and in Isabela City. The event
is expected to bring in more than 2000 advocates and enthusiasts all over
the country in line with this year's call of "One Nation: Unity for Software
In Makati, there will be a discussion on what is open source software, its
use in everyday computing and the Open Source bill filed by Bayan Muna Rep.
Teddy Casino in Congress. Breakout sessions will be held inparallel in the
afternoon on varied topics such as FOSS for education, for NGOs and advocacy
organizations, for developers as well as FOSS for internet cafes and small
In the spirit of free and open software, the latest versions of free
operating systems and applications can be copied and burned on a CD onsite.
A CD containing free software for proprietary operating systems will also be
available. High quality free software are available for your computer in the
office, at home and even well polished games for the gaming enthusiast. Free
and open source software is the affordable software alternative especially
for a third world country like the Philippines.
In 2007, over 330 teams all over the world celebrated Software Freedom Day.
Last year's activity was attended by more than two hundred enthusiasts in
Manila with other regional events. Attendance in this year's event is
expected to increase due to the participation of more schools and groups
working to make the event successful.
The Software Freedom Day 2008 Coordinating Team is composed of the Computer
Professional's Union, IT Society-University of Makati, TXTPower, the PHP
Users Group Philippines (PHPUGPH), UP Linux Users Group, IOSN, Bayan Muna,
and the Imus Internet Cafe Association.
Software Freedom Day is a yearly celebration of Software Freedom and why it
is important; our purpose is public education about these important issues.
Information about the Software Freedom Day event in the Philippines can be
found at http://www.sfdphil.org and we invite you to come along to a fun day
with giveaways and information.
Know a world where software is free and no pirates exist. Discover free and
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