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Today, I seek to free myself from the shackles I have put upon me.  To focus on myself and the community. To no longer stake everything in the hands of one: Today is Software Freedom Day.

SFD Shirt Design

The following are excerpts from the formal invite I made in the Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU)’s capacity as the main organizer of the Philippine celebration of SFD:

Software Freedom Day is a yearly celebration of Software Freedom and why it is important; our purpose is to educate the public about the important issues surrounding this.

Free and open source software (or FOSS) are alternatives to proprietary software ranging from your operating system to applications that you would use at home, in the office or at school. High quality free softwares are available for your computer. Free and open source software is the affordable software alternative especially for a third world country like the Philippines.

Over 500 teams in 90 countries celebrated last year’s Software Freedom Day, and over 200 FOSS advocates and enthusiasts attended in Makati in addition to other decentralized regional celebrations. Your participation would definitely contribute to making the event more successful.

In the main event to be held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, plenary sessions on topics and issues regarding FOSS will be discussed in the morning. Break-out sessions will be held in the afternoon featuring introductory trainings on various FOSS applications. In the spirit of free and open software, the latest versions of free operating systems and applications will be distributed and copied freely on a CD onsite.

The Software Freedom Day 2009 Team is composed of the Computer Professionals’ Union as the main organizer, the University of Santo Tomas Computer Science Society as hosts, AdU Computer Science Open Source University Meet-up, AdU Computer Science Society, AdU Web Development Team, Asian Academy of Business and Computers, Blender Users Group, Drupal Users Group, ICAII, Joomla Users Group, LAMP-Pilipinas, PHP Users Group, PUP Taguig Computer Society, Ruby Users Group, TXTPower!, Office of Rep. Teddy Casiño – Bayan Muna Partylist, and the University of the Philippines Linux Users Group.

Information about the Software Freedom Day event in the Philippines can be found at http://www.sfdphil.org and http://www.cp-union.com. We invite you to come along to a fun day with giveaways and information. The event is for free.


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