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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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Adding a dash of Mint on my freshly squeezed KahelOS

I’m such an “eventous” person and because today is Rizal Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/?p=53

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!

[1] http://www.kahelos.org
[2] A distribution based on and compatible with Ubuntu http://linuxmint.com/
[3] http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/

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KahelOS Badges,Now available

KahelOS badges are up for grabs. Download free fun badges and you can also use it to post as your profile badge.
Spread the word while enjoying KahelOS and its benefits.

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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 http://www.kahelos.org/downloads.php?mod=3#downloads
KahelOS

Download the actual file size here: http://kahelos.org/webfiles/images/cd-cover-design/KahelOS-cd-label.png

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KahelOS 111111 Edition Desktop Preview

For a glimpse of what the KahelOS Desktop environment looks like, here are some screenshots that will surely entice one to use this 100% Free OS. The screenshots shows us the varied and packed applications for students, businesses and programmers. User-friendly and easy to navigate and find your files.

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Sneak Preview of the KahelOS Mabuhay Welcome Center

This is The KahelOS Mabuhay Welcome Center. It simply glides you to what KahelOS has solidly packed for you, for you to enjoy, to be productive and to share.

Let this video tell you what it is all about.

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Sneak Preview on the Hassle-Free Automatic Installation of KahelOS

If you still need help on the easy does it installation process of this new KahelOS Installer, this video will make it more vivid for you.

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What is KahelOS?

KahelOS is based on Arch Linux.

KahelOS is the first and remains to be the only Filipino Linux Distro with the rolling release model on Arch Linux + GNOME. In the community, it is the first to release (non-beta) such Linux OS on Arch Linux + GNOME.

KahelOS is not just an Operating System so to speak. IT is not just a Technology Product on a Linux and Open Source Platform added to the thousands of FREE Distros already available in the community.  IT does not explicitly want to be different or to be set apart from the rest. However, among others, we simply would like Kahel OS (just like our team) to be the embodiment of our IT Values and Philosophy.

It is also a gift and a manifestation of the collaborating Filipino spirit that believes in the competence of the Global IT Community.

As an open source software, KahelOS shall therefore maintain to remain free of charge with an active community to support it.

The term kahel is the Tagalog/ Filipino word for the color or fruit “orange”.

Depicting fun, energy, fresh and flamboyant; KahelOS, its team and community, would like to imbibe the aura and ambiance of warmth and being sociable.

Kahel also signifies hunger or thirst for knowledge and new things as the color orange is a stimulus affecting both mind and body,for doing more activities, having the appetite and socialization.

Join the KahelOS Forum at http://www.kahelos.org/forum.

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