Category Archives: Open Source Philippines

Operation Occupy 8OHQ

On March 28, 2012, more than 50 4th Year Computer Engineering Students from the Queen City of the South invaded the 8layer Orange  Headquarters (8OHQ) as part of their Seminar and Field Trip subject.

They are the enthusiastic and future IT practitioners and professionals from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City.  This was the same time that most of us were just coming back from the Intel Negosyantech Event (Legaspi Leg) so it was Dondi and Jasper’s turn to walk them through KahelOS for these students to have a hands on experience with Linux and Open Source.

Part of their objective was to have a feel and sense of how an Open Source IT Company runs and operates and basically what are the services that 8layer offers.

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The Cebuanos came at around 10:30 in the morning, toured the office, listened and participated to the seminar especially prepared for them for two hours. Before they left with the 8layer Experience on our community projects, advocacy and work, they also got home with them KahelOS CD Installers for them to tinker and play around.


KahelOS@Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU)

8layer at Zamboanga. More Fun in the Philippines

On February 3-4, The 3rd PSITS Region-IX ICT held a successful convetion at Western Mindanao State University and Ateneo de Zamboanga respectively with the Theme: PSITS-IX: IT Youth for Quality, Relevance and Excellence.

The Mayor himself (Hon. Mayor Celso Lobregat) and his staff, the delegates of the convention and of course the organizers and officers of PSITS Region gave the warm welcome and appreciation to Team 8liens and KahelOS, the Western Mindanao Way. At the first day of the convention proper, Mayor Lobregat during his keynote speech made a special mention of 8layer’s presence and to the team was a heartwarming gesture from the Father of Zamboanga City.

Student participants numbered to almost 1200 (overshooting the pegged 450 delegates) from schools, colleges and universities  Pagadian, Sibugay, Jolo, Isabela, Basilan, Zamboanga and more.

Among the speakers on February 3, were Meric, Rey and Deng who were invited to give the students and attendees alike a groundbreaker and fresh view of Open Source, the technology and its impact.

Information Technology: The Filipino Way, interpreted and presented by Deng of 8layerTech, was an eye-opener to ask the question in the students themselves, why did they take up IT (Information Technology) as their course of choice?

Though the topic was a bit serious and rather information heavy, through the course of the presentation became a light and entertaining interaction between Deng (the speaker) and the student participants because of the Q&A portion that seemed like a pageant.

Each of the schools through a representative (about 20 of them) received a FREE KahelOS CD Installer 020212 Edition to be installed and used at their respective ICT Laboratories.

After the lunch break, the students were back for more….
INNOVATION. Being the primary message of Meric’s (CEO/CTO of 8layerTech) presentation encouraged students to wake the sleeping/ hiding innovative self in them and stir their passion and believe in what they can do.  His presentation also delved into the history, features and benefits of KahelOS as he officially launched the new installer version KahelOS CD Installer 020212. The enhanced installer specifically boasts of the easy graphical installer with the freedom on manual installation and system partition.

A brief demo of the KahelOS functionality, apps and features wowed the crowd that likewise instigated curiosity, questions and the students’ creative juices.

Speaking of creativiity, 8layer’s Kuya Rey, The Head for R&D- Application Development, talked about Harnessing Creativity, as the final topic for the 1st day of the convention.

Rey Portugal, impressed and emphasized to the student participants that skills and knowledge may be important but creativity and the brewing of new ideas are inevitable components/ qualities to be a better IT practitioner.

Over-all, 8layer had more than just fun and entertainment. The team left with wishes and hopes that one of these students could be a moving force for IT in Western Mindanao and for our Country as well.

Muchas Gracias, Zamboanga!

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KahelOS 020212 Desktop Edition Released!

Following the release of KahelOS 111111 last November 2011 is today’s launch of KahelOS 020212.

KahelOS 020212 augments to what the earlier installer version can offer. This we specifically reckon caters to advance Linux users who wishes to have the freedom in the first step of installing an OS, i.e. manual partitioning system which also has the ability to resize (stretch and shrink) to both NTFS and Linux partitions.

Graphically, this enhanced installer is still GUI Friendly plus the automatic dual-boot-with-windows option is an added feature for those who are technolgy neutral.

Apart from these developments, we want you to enjoy the following fresh features:

UPDATED bluefish-2.2.1-1
UPDATED dia-0.97.2-1
UPDATED evolution-3.2.3-2
UPDATED filezilla-3.5.3-1
UPDATED Libre Office SUiteA
UPDATED chromium-16.0.912.75-1
UPDATED mysql-5.5.19-1
UPDATED phpmyadmin-3.4.9-1
UPDATED Thunderbird
UPDATED vlc-1.1.13-1
UPDATED zim-0.54-1
and more…

FIXED “Full Name” Issue on the User Information
FIXED Localization
FIXED non-root auto log-in on the LiveDVD environment
FIXED NTFS mounting issue
FIXED/SET Default image viewer is eog
FIXED/SET Screencasting by default

ADDED A community-driven digital distribution service for gamers (includes desura, an online game client)
ADDED broadcom-wl driver
ADDED gstreamer0.10-plugins
ADDED gnome-defaults-list for file association issue.
ADDED yaourt
ADDED make
ADDED patch
ADDED pkg-config
ADDED gnome-shell-extension-places-menu-extended
ADDED obexfs
ADDED unrar
ADDED iptables package
ADDED wvdial package

This release is dedicated to the community and users who have supported KahelOS especially the KahelOS 111111 installer version. Those who have helped us spread the benefits and fresh features f this installer and for those who share our intents, purpose and passion in our advocacy for Open Source, Innovation and Community Building. In this month of love and passion, we can’t thank you enough and we will be grateful for eternity in allowing us to share and help in the way we can and we know.

Officially the release of this installer was announced at the opening day of the 3rd PSITS-Region IX ICT Convetion (Western Mindanao).

Enjoy this Fresh Installer from KahelOS,Download and spread the refreshing news NOW!

Adding a dash of Mint on my freshly squeezed KahelOS

I’m such an “eventous” person and because today is Rizal Day and 2012 is just around the corner let me just add to my KahelOS[1] experimentation before i wrap up my 2011.

Guess what, I tried installing Linux Mint[2] desktop environment called Cinnamon[3] on my KahelOS 111111.  They say that this desktop is designed to offer yet another transitional option between the old, familiar GNOME 2 and the new GNOME 3 on which its new version 1.1.2 just released before Christmas

And yes to my suprise, it was quite quick and easy to just see a new desktop environment (that is Cinnamon) on my KahelOS Desktop.

Here are some of my screenshots after the fresh install (for i still need to do more exploring before i say more about this experience):

To share with you on how i just easily did this. Here’s a short guide below.

1.Installing cinnamon desktop

Make sure that yaourt and pkg-config is installed on your KahelOS, so you can do that by invoking this command.

$sudo pacman -Sy yaourt pkg-config

Once these software is already installed,  then install the cinnamon desktop.

$sudo yaourt -S –noconfirm cinnamon

2. Abilitate/ Activate Cinnamon

by simply opening  a terminal and launch “dconf-editor”

a pop up will appear, click org–>gnome–>desktop–>session
then change “session-name” value from “gnome to “cinnamon” then close dconf-editor window.

3.Restart your KahelOS, log-in on your desktop and voila! there’s your new desktop environement.

For me, my experimentation tells me that KahelOS with Cinnamon is a combination of awesomeness and speed! I’ll keep you posted.

Be a hero every like Rizal (Philippines’ National Hero) and Wishing you all an Awesome and Prosperous New Year!

[2] A distribution based on and compatible with Ubuntu

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Something Different for a Holiday Treat. An Operating System for instance…

Something Different for a Holiday Treat. An Operating System for instance…
By: Jeanina Hanna B. Reburiano

Spending your money wisely is a very important tip this Yultide season and for the rest of the year.  Though some people enjoy buying gifts, clothes, food, gadgets, games, and all other  stuff that maybe of huge monetary value (who does not?), it may be wise to give as a present something that is useful, lasting and priceless.

Have you thought of giving an Operating System, KahelOS, for that matter as a gift?

Yes, KahelOS… You might be asking, “What the heck is the connection of downloading KahelOS and saving money?!”… Here is an equation to explain this:

Proprietary OS =  money +  money and + more money to add more apps
Pirated CD OS installer = money + time and effort to buy + hassle in license issues; or

With KahelOS, here’s what it’s going to be:

KahelOS = worth your time and effort + no expense (free) + totally legal to use and copy

Instead of buying pirated versions of operating systems (OS), why not save your money for something else worth buying or donate to a noble cause?  KahelOS is free for everyone who wants to try it. All you need is a personal computer or laptop and an internet connection. It’s very easy to download and install! Just go to and the good news is it’s totally FREE! No need to look for cracked OS in the internet, no need to stress yourself out in looking for license keys that are not yet used. The greater news is that there is a hassle-free automatic installation of KahelOS! Believe it or not, this operating system has these features (!

Just a simple tip, my dear friends, either it’s money or headache you’re going to spend… Spend time and money wisely! Use KahelOS! You may visit for more details.

Pre-Installed PHP Development Goodness on KahelOS

Pre-Installed PHP Development Goodness on KahelOS
By: Vedasto Rey Portugal

With the new year just around the corner, I finally found time to sift through and archive the messy old files on my laptop. I can be quite the slob when it comes to my personal files and research materials and cleaning up my one year’s worth of electronic junk is quite the task. Since I’ve also been itching to port my personal development environment to the newest release of KahelOS, I grabbed the opportunity to do so as well.

KahelOS, by the way, is a two-year old Linux distro that pairs Arch Linux’s speed and stability with the beauty and ease of use of a Gnome 3 Desktop. Kahelos 111111 was released just last December 8, 2011, and in just few days, shot up DistroWatch’s top ten list, even dislodging Ubuntu from the second spot at one point.

KahelOS is one of the fastest Linux installations you’ll ever encounter. Mine took only about 15-20 minutes start-to-end. It comes fully-loaded with the usual productivity applications for the modern-day knowledge worker.

Not quite usual, however, and pleasantly so, is the fact that it comes bundled with the LAMP stack.

Yes, you read that right. The Apache HTTP Server,
MySQL and PHP are all bundled with the installation. phpMyAdmin is also pre-installed. That means if I wanted to start a new dynamic web project I could do so right then and there!

To clone my projects from our development server to my laptop I first needed to install Git using PackageKit, which took all of 30 seconds. I always tell new programmers to use a version control system such as Git even if you’re a free lancer working on your own. Not only does it get you into the habit of versioning your code and working in small iterations, but it also prepares you for more collaborative projects later on.

I then used vim to modify the relevant configurations. For KahelOS, those files are:


I was good to go.

I use vim and gedit for most of my coding. But for those of you who prefer to use something with more boom, another pleasant surprise is that KahelOS also comes bundled with Bluefish, a powerful open source editor made specifically for web developers.

Setting up a PHP development environment has never been this easy. If you’re a web developer who would like to try programming on Linux for the first time, KahelOS is perfect for you. If you’re a PHP veteran and you want to experience coding in a cool desktop environment with a kick-ass, rock-solid base, you should also definitely give KahelOS a spin.

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KahelOS CD/DVD Label

If you want a stylish and cool CD/DVD Label for your KahelOS 111111 Installer, download at

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