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 2010
Saturday, Sep 18, 2010, 11:13 PM

Bluepoint Linux Users Elite (BLUE) in cooperation with the 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 last September 18, 2010 at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

More than 500 participants attended the free plenary and technical sessions, with people lining up for registration as early as 8:30 AM. Linux distributions were showcased by the Bayanihan Linux team and Malaya Digital at their respective booths. A home made Freedom Toaster was used by the latter to dispense Linux DVDs for interested attendees during lunch break and after the whole day program.

10:00National Anthem
Eddie Salonga
Vice-Chairman, Bluepoint Foundation
10:10Opening Remarks
Dr. John Paul Vergara
Vice-President for Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
10:20Free and Open Source Software
Marie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Executive Director, Bluepoint Foundation
10:50Software Freedom Day
Irene Orense-Balaoing
SFD 2010 Team Leader, BLUE
11:00Open Source Your Career
Johan Janssens
CEO, Timble
Co-Founder and Former Project Manager, Joomla!
Lead Architect, Nooku
11:40FOSS in Distance Education: The UP Open University Experience
Myra Jill Siason
University of the Philippines Open University
12:00Lunch Break
13:30The Magic of iPad Development
Vip Malixi
Bluepoint Foundation
14:00Pacifica Online: MMORPG for the Facebook Platform
Galileo Lajara
Lead Programmer, Nexus Pixels
14:30IPv6 in Open Source Software
Bayani Benjamin Lara
Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network
Advanced Science and Technology Institute
15:00Taking Fedora for a Spin
Herson Pagcaliwagan
Fedora Philippines
15:30jQuery Tips and Tricks: Solving Common Web Development Concerns in a Heartbeat
Chivas Sicam
Bluepoint Foundation
16:00Do-It-Yourself Private Cloud Computing Desktop
Engels Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation
16:45Closing Remarks and Special Awards
17:00Distribution of Certificates
Andrei Coronel
Master of Ceremonies

Many thanks to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) for being our event and venue partner, and congratulations to this year's Software Freedom Day team:

Dr. Reena Estuar

Jessica Sugay
Assistant Instructor/CS Program Director

Hubert Ursua
Assistant Instructor

Andrei Coronel

Lisa Agbay
Department Secretary

Mark Bautista
IT Staff Supervisor
Arnold Laurninaria
Bon Carpo
Chivas Sicam
Emman Balintec
Gerry Lopez
Herson Pagcaliwagan
Jesmil Pereda
Junix Geronimo
Kim Daquigan
Marlon Balana
Michael Balcos
Patrick Samonte
Roy Plomantes
Sheryl Villaroman
Tomy Tomasa
Tony Tan
Vip Malixi

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

UHF Channel 11

VHF Channel 7

Internet Broadcast

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