Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Interesting mail I got today.

Dear Sir/Madam;

The University of the Philippines Linux Users' Group, also known as
UnPLUG, is planning a major event, tentatively named “Out of the
Window”, on November 13 - 17, 2004 at the College of Engineering at the UP Diliman. A seminar will be held on November 15, 2004 at the Engineering Theater which will serve as the highlight of a week-long CD swapping.

The planned event is to encourage UP students to dispose of their pirated software and replace it with legal software. If they cannot afford the proprietary ones, then we will give a free and open-source software (FOSS) for every pirated application or OS that they will surrender.

A major supplier of blank CD has already promised to provide us the replacement CDs.

It won't be easy to encourage them to replace their pirated software, if they don't know how to use the replacement software. We are hoping that you can provide speakers for the said seminar with topics revolving around on how to install, use, maintain, and transfer Windows-based files to non-Windows system or applications.

Things that we hope you can provide for the non-Geeks.

1) Free seminar relating to softwares that are not made by Microsoft and other proprietary companies.

2) Free software and/or evaluation software (esp. the use of Java Technologies / Eclipse / Web sphere)

3) Manuals or guidelines on how to install and use the software. Plus how to convert or open files made from Windows.

Things that we hope you can provide for the Geeks.

1) Seminars, and actual Cluster installation and configuration.
Hopefully to see how cluster are used in the real world.
2) Server demonstration.
3) Software partitioning demonstration.
4) J2EE, Eclipse, Websphere, AIX installation and configuration,
although a lot of us already know this, maybe you can provide for the secret tweaks.
5) Any of the new stuff.

Seminars like the one we are planning to hold will benefit the students, as they see with their own eyes the real-world application of softwares that can run in Linux. In this regard, we are hoping for your favorable response to make this world a windowless one.

Thank you very much.