Saturday, March 5, 2016

Our Visit at the Open Source Museum of 8Layer Technologies

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I was an enthusiast of Open Source software when I was working as an Information and Communications Technology professional for corporate companies and organizations. I can still remember how I often try out the new versions that keep coming almost every few months. My download queue never ran out of something to try since we all know that open source is free for all.

Though mainstream operating systems from brands like Microsoft was the leading OS for many industries, many were still experimenting on Open Source for the less critical processes that do not require too much support and maintenance.

I even tried setting up an Internet Cafe using open source software, and my difficulty was teaching the kids how to operate within the user interface that they find unfamiliar since many are used to using the Windows OS.

Thus, the Open Source Museum actually brought back memories. I was very familiar with most of its contents and it was sort of a throwback for me when Mitchie Tabirao was touring me around the 8Layer Technologies mini museum and sharing her knowledge about each item on display.

There's so many stories behind every object that the museum can take you back at a historical throwback if you research further online. The Open Source museum may seem small, but I was told they already have expanded this at another location, and I'm pretty sure there will be more added to the collection soon as 8Layer Technologies is very active in organizing events.

What I find overwhelming was finding out that Meric Mara, CEO of 8Layer Techonologies, whom I had a meeting earlier that day, was also known as the Philippine Open Sourcerer - a title that was very creative and intriguing since that day I realized a creative genius was just at the other room beside the Open Source Museum. Get to know the two shades of Meric at the museum.

Yup! I find it fascinating working with IT guys since I was one of those guys before when I finally stopped after leaving the United Nations and joining the world of entrepreneurship which eventually took me to another path as a blogger and media practitioner.

But let's stop talking about me and let's concentrate on the Open Source Museum which was surprisingly very substantial in content. There were even items that were signed by famous peeps of the Open Source world, Universe rather, and started by the Linux brand more recognizable by their penguin mascot.

I'ts better you just watch the video and listen to Mitchie explain. She's the right person to ask when you visit the museum. She'll be there to tour you, but be sure to call first to reserve a date and time so she can schedule you appropriately. Since 8Layer Technologies also holds several events in partnership with many other brands, Mitchie may be out of the office sometimes attending or coordinating at their events, or even co-anchoring at Vigattin of Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990 AM where I am also a co-anchor every Saturday from 10 to 11 am.

What can you see at the Open Source Museum? A lot of interesting objects that's too many to mention but here are a few:  a minuscule laptop that as small as your hand, lots of small penguin toys representing the mascot of Linux, an old book about one of the popular browsers of yesteryears that used to compete with the Internet Explorer, a Hall of Fame featuring open source masters, the Filipino made KahelOS, and a lot more.

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