Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Software Freedom Day in Manila

September 16 is Software Freedom Day. In Manila, the Philippine Linux Users Group is celebrating the event, coinciding with the 3rd Quarter Technical Seminar, with a series of lectures and demos at the UP College of Engineering Theater, running from 9AM till 6PM. Details here.

Saturday, 16 September 2006
9am - 6pm
UP College of Engineering Theater
UP Diliman Campus, Diliman, QC

9:00AM - 9:30AM Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:30AM - 10:00AM Recorded Video Presentation, from Richard Stallman
10:00AM - 12:00PM Installfest and Software Demos; BUKAS Open Source Advocacy Meeting
12:00PM - 1:00PM LUNCH
1:00PM - 2:00PM Remote Deployment of Windows Clients using Linux-based Remote Installation Services, by Peter Santiago
2:00PM - 3:00PM Pervasive Linux Devices, by Rowell Atienza
3:00PM - 4:00PM Migrating to Postgresql, by Charlie Lopez
4:00PM - 5:00PM The Halalan Open Source Voting System by Diwa del Mundo
5:00PM - 6:00PM Birds-of-a-feather Sessions

A writer-friend who's not a techie asked me why we software needs freedom. Here's my answer:
Software is a tool for creative expression. As such, people need to be free to use it.

Can you imagine if one single company owned all the rights to writing materials: pens, pencils, typewriters, paper, notebooks, etc.? They would still sell you the writing materials but at the price they decide (most likely exorbitant). Furthermore, they would be able to decide what you write and how you write it. Not a pretty picture for writers, eh?

Well, that's pretty much how it is with software today. Most of personal software, for example, is owned by one company. If you care to read their licensing agreements, you'll realize that THEY own the software, and you're just given the privilege of using it. They can abrogate those rights at any time.

So that's why there's SFD, to let people know that there are free alternatives to expensive non-free software.


  1. Right-on! Go opensource and freeware! Hardware's cheap but software can be cheaper.