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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
ASTI-DOST
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Software Freedom Day 2009
Saturday, Sep 19, 2009, 7:09 PM

Bluepoint Linux Users Elite (BLUE) in cooperation with the Commission on Information & Communications Technology-National Computer Center (CICT-NCC), University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), Ateneo de Manila University Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS), and Bluepoint Foundation celebrated Software Freedom Day with the rest of the world today at the National Computer Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.


More than 500 pre-registered attendees and walk-in participants joined us in this international celebration. Registration and refreshments were FREE, thanks to our sponsors:

We started accepting pre-registrations last August 17, 2009. All 400 slots were confirmed and reserved by August 24, 2009. To accommodate the large number of attendees, including more than 100 walk-in participants, three venues at the National Computer Center (NCC) were utilized to maximum capacity.

AUDIO VISUAL ROOMSEMINAR ROOM
08:00Registration
09:00National Anthem
09:05Invocation
Sen. Jovito Salonga
Trustee Emeritus
Bluepoint Foundation
Invocation
Marie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Executive Director
Bluepoint Foundation
09:10Software Freedom Day
Irene Balaoing
SFD09 Team Leader
Software Freedom Day
Arnold Laurinaria
SFD07 Team Leader
09:20Keynote
DG Angelo Timoteo Diaz de Rivera
Director General
National Computer Center
Keynote
Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso
Chancellor
UP Open University
09:40Vyatta
The Open Source Alternative to Cisco
Paul Magahis
BLUE
Red Hat
Major Sponsor
Justin Rivera
Technical Officer
MSI-ECS
10:15Red Hat
Major Sponsor
Robert Reidenbach
Technology Manager
UR Solutions
GCC
Linux Serial I/O Programming
Michael Balcos
BLUE
10:45SugarCRM
Commercial Open Source CRM
Chivas Sicam
BLUE
Kannel
Open Source WAP and SMS Gateway
Mike Cabalin
PH-LWUG
11:30CodeFest 2009 Awarding
Dr. Reena Estuar
Chair
Ateneo DISCS
CodeFest Presentation
Ryan Baclit
CodeFest Team Leader
BLUE
12:00Lunch Break
13:00GCC
Linux Serial I/O Programming
Michael Balcos
BLUE
SugarCRM
Commercial Open Source CRM
Chivas Sicam
BLUE
13:45Fedora Project
Herson Pagcaliwagan
BLUE
Vyatta
The Open Source Alternative to Cisco
Paul Magahis
BLUE
14:15Open Internet Exchange
Bani Lara
ASTI-DOST
ASTI Awarding
Marie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation
15:00Closing Remarks
15:10Complimentary Snack

OVERFLOW AREA
09:30National Anthem
09:35InvocationMarie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation
09:40Software Freedom DayMarie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation
09:50Free and Open Source SoftwareEngels Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation
10:35Bayanihan LinuxMarison Florendo
Advanced Science & Technology Institute
11:15Red HatRobert Reidenbach
UR Solutions
12:00Lunch Break

Exhibit booths were open for viewing from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the NCC lobby.

MSI-ECS
FedoraLinuxChix
Ateneo DISCS
ASTI
OLPCSugarLabs
UR Solutions
IOSN
Trend Micro
UPOU
NCCNCI
NCC Entrance

Special thanks to the following media networks for providing television coverage of our Software Freedom Day celebration:

UHF Channel 11

VHF Channel 7

Related Links
CodeFest 2009
CodeFest 2008
Software Freedom Day 2008
Software Freedom Day 2007

Software Freedom International
Best 2009 SFD Event Competition

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