Department of Social Welfare and Development is now shifting to Open Source. After factoring in the savings they are going to get from using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), DSWD chief of information systems development division Mr. Felix Armeña already had “at least 25 select employees representing regional offices of the department training at the UPITTC this week. About 25 employees from the central office had already been sent earlier for training under the same institution. A third batch of 25 employees will follow.”
They will also be using computers with PC Linux in them. Unlike in UP where FOSS advocacy from current administration seemed to have weakened for I no longer am hearing any strong support from the non IT and key officials in Quezon hall, DSWD seems to be serious with their decision. Armeña said “This (FOSS shift) is no longer an experiment”. I say, good for DSWD and for the taxpayers’ money!
Now, if only other Government agencies will follow the enlightened path DSWD is taking.