Philippines Joins Worldwide Celebration of Software Freedom Day


Contact: Eddie Salonga
Organization: Bluepoint Foundation
Telephone Number: 534-1077
Fax Number: 534-5873
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METRO MANILA - Bluepoint Linux Users Elite (BLUE) in cooperation with the Commission on Information & Communications Technology-National Computer Center (CICT-NCC), Advanced Science & Technology Institute (ASTI), and Bluepoint Foundation will celebrate Software Freedom Day with the rest of the world from 9AM to 5PM on September 20, 2008 at the CICT-NCC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is the annual worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business.

SFD is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of Free and Open Source Software, but also to encourage its use to the benefit of the public.

Joining the celebration at the NCC are: Fedora Ambassadors Philippines, LinuxChix Philippines, Slackware Linux Users Group Philippines (SLUGPhils), Philippine Linux Windows Users Group (PH-LWUG), Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration & Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV), and Novare Technologies.

For last year's SFD, the same organizers conducted a day-long series of technical seminars. College students, faculty members, IT professionals, and government employees participated in the successful celebration.

"This year's celebration will definitely be more interactive" according to Kim Murga, SFD Team Leader. "Students from different universities have already signed up for the live programming and original FOSS project contests of our Codefest. They will also have the chance to participate in international FOSS projects and give back to the Open Source community."

Aside from the NCC event, there will also be simultaneous celebrations nationwide by ACOES, Asia Source Pilipinas, Computer Professionals' Union, Cordillera Linux Advocacy Network, DabaweGNU, FOSS USM, FreeIT, GNUinext, Iloilo Linux Users, IT Soc, Junior Programmers Group, Mindanao Open Source Society, UnPLUG, and UP-ACM.

Interested parties are invited to pre-register online at Registration is free.