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[News] Winston Damarillo Brings More Free Software to the Philippines

  • Subject: [News] Winston Damarillo Brings More Free Software to the Philippines
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 05:22:04 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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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.  


A localised version of Linux if being developed for (and by) the Philippines.
Parts of the government have moved to Linux on the desktop.


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.


New RP-developed Linux 'looks, feels' like Windows XP

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| The Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and
| Technology (DOST-ASTI) recently launched the Bayanihan Linux
| version 4 (BL4) and this time, it looks more like Microsoft
| Windows XP than the Macintosh OS.
| BL4 is now based on Linux Debian Stable, unlike the previous
| version that used Fedora. Likewise, BL4 uses the KDE graphical
| user interface that gives it a Microsoft Windows XP look. 


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