Found three cool sites, no awesome sites, that sure will be helpful for all the Filipinos, especially the Free/Libre Open-Source Software (FLOSS) Community. A Linux iCafe offering, Free CD and DVD Burning, and OpenDisc.
More after the jump…
First, OpenDisc (http://theopendisc.com):
OpenDisc is a high quality collection of [Free/Libre] Open-Source Software ([FL]OSS) for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The two main goals of the project are:
- To provide a free (both free-of-charge and freedom) alternative to costly software, with equal or often better quality equivalents to proprietary, shareware, or freeware software for Microsoft Windows.
- To educate users of Linux as an operating system for home, business, and educational use.
The majority of programs featured on OpenDisc are also available on Linux.
Some of the FLOSS application included that I personal tried and/or using are:
- Blender - advanced 3D graphics modeling program (used by many animation companies, some or most of which you’ve probably watched in DVD and the Cinema)
- The GIMP - the image manipulation program used to design GNU/Linux Logo - the Tux
- Inkscape - easy to use vector graphics editor that uses the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format (If you are not aware, SVG is the standard format for vector images today.)
- Scribus - a professional desktop publishing application, with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout
- FileZilla - definitely way better than JetCar/FlashGet (JetCar or FlashGet is NOT a FLOSS application, there are known issues raised that are not being addressed by its Mainland Chinese developers)
- Mozilla Firefox - best browser on the planet (what else?)
- Pidgin - free (as in free-of-charge and freedom) alternative to Trillian, as simple as that
- RSSOwl - XML Feed Reader that can read the XML Feed Standard Atom and the non-standard RSS
- Mozilla Thunderbird - Mozilla’s Email client
- Audacity - sound editing program
- Stellarium - a planetarium for your computer (where Microsoft got the idea to create their own version after Stellarium got very popular)
- VLC media player - play any audio and video, no need to download Codecs
- GnuCash - financial-accounting software
- OpenOffice.org - uses the ISO Standard OpenDocument Format (ODF)
- 7-Zip - your free (free-of-charge and freedom) File Zip utility (no more cracking or annoying pop-ups reminding you to pay coz you are violating using an illegal copy already, common with WinRAR and WinZIP)
- and many more not included in my/this list…
Second, BurnFree (http://burnfree.com.ph):
We’d like to make meaning among Filipinos and make a contribution to Filipinos regardless of class (upper, middle, lower). How? We believe that the average Filipino has either a digital camera and/or a camera phone. Either he/she doesn’t have access to a PC or a Mac - which prohibits him/her from importing, saving, and organizing digital pictures - or he/she simply doesn’t have the time to import, save, and organize digital pictures. We make picture slideshows for free (limited number of pictures) or a fee (greater number of pictures), then we save them to a CD/DVD. We also do straight copy (jpeg) for free or a fee. Also for free, we burn other forms of data that are nto subject to copyright laws.
What other forms of data? Mostly FLOSS applications, distributions (aka ‘distros’), and the likes. Example, you can ask them to burn you a copy for free of the latest version of GNU/Linux Ubuntu flavor or maybe Kubuntu (if you like a Windows-like interface), or other distros they currently have. Saves you from downloading a 600mb to 700mb ISO file which you have to burn into a CD first before you can install it.
Finally, Ubuntu iCafe (http://ubuntu.icafebusiness.com):
Now, you don’t need to worry about licenses!
The Ubuntu Internet Cafe is now in the Philippines! Let us accept the fact that there are still many Internet Cafes in the Philippines who are using pirated Windows. Ok, it’s not bad to have a business. But your business must be 100% legal.
And puts your business in high risk for Anti-Piracy Raids, which will, if you do not know how to negotiate, cost you all your machines to be confiscated. Or buy the expensive MS Windows OS, which today you can only buy the much more expensive Windows Vista (Windows XP is not available anymore).
Their currently available Ubuntu iCafe packages are the P63K and P61K with the following specs:
- 5 PCs
- AMD Athlon 64-bit 2.2 GHz Processor
- 1gb Kingston RAM
- New 256mb Chip G-Force Video for faster game play
- 80gb (SATA type for gaming) HDD
- Headset (only for P63K)
- Webcam (only for P63K)
- Free: 17″ Monitor (second hand with warranty)
- Optional: 256mb G-Force Sparkle Video Card @ P1,000.00/PC
The expected ROI (Return of Investment) according to them is 5 to 6 months. Not bad in my opinion, and if you are worrying about if local online games, international online games, and games popularly played here in the Philippines will work under Ubuntu, worry not as gameshogun.ws is currently reviewing and studying different games and how to install them successfully in Ubuntu. Of course, Ubuntu iCafe also did their research and study and will provide free training courses for managing your new Ubuntu iCafe business.
Dare to be different? Dare to be a PIONEER? Get your own Ubuntu iCafe NOW!!
Watch out for our review and installation guides of games for GNU/Linux Ubuntu at Libre Game World blog.
Source: Ubuntu Philippines
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