June 13, 2002

Philippine government agency releases Bayanihan Linux

Vic writes: "In a story at itMatters, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Philippine government's Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced the intitial release of 'Bayanihan' Linux as a local flavor of the popular open source operating system.
"'Bayanihan' is a Filipino term for 'community assistance' in which community members help a family relocate by literally carrying the nipa hut (a small Filipino house) from one place to another, and is based on the Red Hat flavor. 'ASTI software division officer in charge Peter Banzon said that the agency developed the OS to offer government agencies an alternative to the more costly proprietary systems that are distributed commercially.'

The ASTI is headed by Director General Dr. Jay Sabido, who at the same time is the head of the National Computer Center (NCC) that provides IT policy guidelines in government and public education. Under Dr. Jay Sabido's guidance and belief in Open Source and Linux, the ASTI and the NCC are actively promoting use of Linux and Open Source in government and are tapping the Philippine Linux Users Group (PLUG) to help in testing, deploying and promoting Bayanihan Linux."


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