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If they can do it, I believe Filipinos can, too!

Posted by rom on February 5, 2006

News of the French police force moving to Firefox from Microsoft Internet Explorer after moving from Microsoft Office to is a big win for the open source community. Can it be done in the Philippines? Of course! It only takes one Cabinet secretary to publicly declare support for open source applications over proprietary applications and I am sure that the rest will follow. The question is “who is brave enough to do it?

Government officials are being accused of favouring ICT solutions that will only guarantee that they get a chunk of the contract as well, i.e. commissions from the deal. You cannot blame people for thinking that way after decades of graft and corruption in the government. I am sure that there are honest government officials out there but are they brave enough? Now that is the question.

At least in UP, we have publicly declared support to Open Source. How about the rest? Cowards!


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Heads-up: GimpShop 2.2.10

Posted by rom on February 4, 2006

Check it out!

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An afternoon with Ubuntu Linux founder, Mark Shuttleworth

Posted by rom on February 2, 2006

I spent my entire afternoon listening to Mark Shuttleworth‘s talk on Ubuntu Linux and Open Source. Actually, I attended two sessions, first for government CIOs and another for NGOs and Educators.

The first talk was all about getting government to support Open Source and to be familiar with what Mark’s company is about. The funny thing is, I really do not know if the audience had a clue as to what he was talking about or they’re bored. They did not even ask questions, well, they did ask one and that is it. Oh well…


The second session was with educators and NGO and that was when people started asking questions. It was evident that those who are familiar with Open Source are the colleges and universities. Oh well.

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Heads-up: Firefox

Posted by rom on February 2, 2006


Here’s what’s new in Firefox

  • Improved stability.
  • Improved support for Mac OS X.
  • International Domain Name support for Iceland (.is) is now enabled.
  • Fixes for several memory leaks.
  • Several security enhancements.

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Asian piracy down to Western levels in 10 years

Posted by rom on January 28, 2006

This is Bill Gates’ prediction in Davos. Interesting, isn’t it? If I may, I’ll boldly predict piracy will be reduced considerably in 5 years as Linux continues to increase market share in Asia (with the exception of the Philippines because political will is weak here, dollars speak louder specially if you are a politician!).

C’mon open source advocates, let’s make sure that we attain the same level that Gates is aiming for in less time and using a different solution, i.e. open source. 🙂

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Goodbye Gnomemeeting, Hello Ekiga!

Posted by rom on January 23, 2006

Gnomemeeting is now known as Ekiga and it now supports both H.323 and SIP. Cool, huh?

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MySQL Database Replication

Posted by rom on January 17, 2006

Interesting how-to. Will prove useful specially for our iLib project.

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Open-Source Google Earth

Posted by rom on January 12, 2006

I have tried to install Google Earth on my powerbook but for some reason, it crashes everytime (yes, I am not alone! hehe). It may be due to some applications that I have running in the background but I just could not be bothered.

I found WW2D, however. A cross-platform, open-source and free equivalent of Google Earth. It may not have the full details of Google Earth but it sure is open and free! 😀 Recognize this?

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Isn’t it cool? 😀


Now, compare it to this

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Yes, I was able to make Google Earth work now. The culprit is my powerbook HD partitions are set to Case-sensitive, Journaled FS and Google Earth just do not like that.

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Anti-virus for Linux

Posted by rom on January 10, 2006

Grisoft released its popular anti-virus tool, AVG, for Linux. Take note, however, that this is only for home use. Check out the blurb on the site:

AVG Free for Linux is NOT authorized or intended for:

  • Business or commercial use (including testing and evaluation)
  • Non-profit Organizations

Grisoft supports discounts for:

  • Schools (emphasis mine)
  • Charities
  • Churches
  • Municipal and government organizations

Not that Linux users need anti-virus software anyway.

My dear users from the University of the Philippines, AVG (for Windows and Linux) is not intended for use in the university unless a license has been obtained.

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Make your Linux desktop look like Mac OS X

Posted by rom on December 29, 2005

A great tutorial on how to make a KDE-based Linux workstation look like your pretty powerbook interface. 🙂

Sorry Gnome but I have yet to find a hack for you.

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