Update on possible visit by Richard Stallman...
I've been continuing an email disussion with Mr. Stallman, trying to
convince him to visit Cebu. Here is a list of reasons I gave him:
"1. it produces 10,000 IT graduates a year who are generally
ignorant of free software. Thats 10,000 potential free software
2. Along those lines, Filipino culture places heavy emphasis on
maintaining community. Local developers here who know about free
software are immediate converts and donate back to the community
3. it is geographically in the center of Asia
4. Following the strategy adopted in other Asian countries, Microsoft
and others are begining to dumping money into training centers and
local politicians to salt the earth to free software.
36. Small enterprise and local government desperatly need IT to
increase productivity and reduce corruption, but are unable to aquire
it due to high costs. They are generally ignorant of free software
alternatives, and could become heavy adopters with greater knowledge"
Here is his reply back:
>>#3 is not true; the Philippines are at the Eastern edge of Asia,
>>if they can be said to be in Asia at all. #1 and #4 are shared with
>>many countries. #2 and #36 might be good reasons.
>>I can't promise anything though.
So we are still discussing, I hope something comes out of it! I really
cant believe he wrote me back, he gets hundreds of emails a day. But
he is generally very interested in Asia, in fact I believe he feels
Asia is the future of open source and free software.
I will let you all know any updates.