Software Freedom Day 2008 (Philippines)

Updated (Oct.2, 2008): [updated] Software Freedom Day 2008 (Philippines)

I was waiting for Ma’am Magie to post the pics of our recently concluded SFD celebration but since she’s still probably recuperating from the event, let me, in her stead, report what happened last Saturday at the National Computer Center here in Quezon City.

Official registration was supposed to start 8:30 AM but when I passed by the venue around 7:30AM on my way to my office, students were already milling around the complex and a provincial bus was already parked beside the venue. Talk about being early! When I returned around 8:45AM, the place was already packed and Ma’am Magie was already going on circles ๐Ÿ™‚

I was designated as the booth man by virtue of seniority ๐Ÿ˜€ (Truth be told, Ma’am Magie was busy organizing the whole event while Sir Engels was giving speeches). The Fedora booth consisted of a tarpaulin, flyers, two LiveUSB Station posters and my office laptop featuring Fedora 9. I originally planned to bring my Asus eee loaded with eeedora to the event but I was locked out of our office with no keys — stupid me. A friend later took pity on me and sent for his two laptops (both of which are Windows) and together we burned away those USB sticks.

Apart from burning LiveUSBs, I gave away flyers, cajoled SFD-goers to try Fedora 9 using my laptop, gave impromptu talks about the merit of Fedora and its difference with other Linux distributions (most of the time – Ubuntu), met students, teachers and other professionals and had a blast the whole time. Talking particularly with the kids made me feel like a rock star ๐Ÿ™‚

The major drawer of our booth was certainly the LiveUSB creation. It would have been FreeMedia but early on, we have decided to do away with the distribution of DVDs and LiveCDs because that would entail spending money we don’t really have much of. What meager funds we have scrapped together were funneled into the whole event. I think our FreeMedia program could expect a lot more requests coming from the Philippines – I just gave away its URL.

Either way, we had registered around 50 individuals who wanted to hear more about the Fedora Project and possibly contribute themselves. These included teachers who want their students contribute as ambassadors and/or developers, students who wanted to make a case study in the use of Fedora and professionals who are interested in holding seminars/trainings in deploying Fedora in their line of work.

I’m now helping these guys get onboard the project. This is just my first event – it goes without saying that future events would be better.

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