Bluepoint is a non-profit Open Source education and development center. It is the first organization in the Philippines to focus on Linux and Open Source training.
I took up Bluepoint's Total Linux course last 2002 and time and again, what I've learned are still relevant today. Why? The course was developed with security and performance in mind.

In less than two months, I was able to learn the best practices in setting up Linux as a server: installing Linux at a bare minimum; removing standard and unnecessary programs, files and folders; protecting critical files and folders; compiling server software and the Linux kernel from scratch with optimized settings and necessary features only; installing servers in a jailed environment; designing and implementing a paranoid firewall.

Aside from the hands on lecture, we also had the toughest practical and written exams.

This quality training helped me obtain a score of 100% in my RHCE exam last March 2005. The first person I thanked was of course, my instructor, Engels Antonio of Bluepoint Institute.

- Chivas Sicam
Senior Science Research Specialist
Software Freedom Day 2007
Saturday, Sep 15, 2007, 11:00 PM

Bluepoint Linux Users Elite (BLUE) in cooperation with the Commission on Information & Communications Technology-National Computer Center (CICT-NCC), Trend Micro, Slackware Linux Users Group Philippines (SLUGPhils) and Bluepoint Foundation celebrated Software Freedom Day with the rest of the world from 9AM to 5PM today at the CICT-NCC seminar room, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The event was participated in by more than 120 registered attendees, a far cry from the 50 who initially signed up! Media coverage was provided by NET25 (Channel 25 UHF) for airing in Convergence Reloaded.


Sen. Jovito Salonga
Bluepoint Foundation

Opening Remarks

Angelo Timoteo M. Diaz de Rivera
Director General/Commissioner
National Computer Center
Commission on Information & Communications Technology

Software Freedom

Engels Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation

Open Source and Trend Micro

Maenard Leo L. Martinez
Operations Manager for APAC Region
APAC Technical Support Center
TrendLabs Philippines

Linux for Desktops

Kim Murga
Advanced Science & Technology Institute

Doing Java with NetBeans IDE

Ryan Baclit
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite

Penetration Testing with Metasploit

Marc Pascual
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite

Open Source Mobility

William Yu, MS, CISSP
Novare Technologies

High Density Linux Virtualization

Engels Antonio, RHCE, RHCX
Bluepoint Institute

Bacula Network Backup Solution

Chivas Sicam, RHCE, GSEC
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite

Compiz Fusion Accelerated Desktop

Mark Mayo
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite

DIY Power Failure Sensor for Linux

Michael Balcos
Slackware Linux Users Group Philippines

OpenFiler Storage Management OS

Edward Cayme
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite

Wine and CrossOver Linux

Paul Magahis
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite

Our Loving, Eternal God:

From the hurry and turmoil of our little world, we are gathered here today to celebrate the freedom You have given us to seek the truth that will set us free. We are only beginning to realize that there is so much to know, so many things to do, and so many people to serve. Help us appreciate the meaning of Software Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of free and open source software so we can achieve our vision  to empower our own people  to freely connect, create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent and sustainable.

But in light of this vision, help us to keep in mind that we are a poor, developing country where many are hungry, starving, exploited and oppressed by those who apparently enjoy the monopoly of power and wealth.

In our little knowledge of science and technology, people empowerment in a digital world are big words we cannot seem to comprehend. We are under great pressure and we always seem to be in great haste. But in the quietness of this morning hour, we ask You, dear Lord, to slow us down. Teach us to observe the discipline of quiet meditation and prayer.

More than 2,000 years ago, You told us to be the the light of the world. Grant us the humility and the serenity of mind to accept the things we can no longer change, the courage to change the things we can and should change, and the wisdom to know the difference.

In the name of  Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.Angelo Timoteo M. Diaz de Rivera
Director General, National Computer Center
Commissioner, Commission on Information & Communications Technology