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Officers of the Human Capital Development Group of CICT attended a two-hour orientation on Eminima during its monthly brown bag seminar held on July 8, 2005 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Computer Lab 1 of NCC.
Dr. Rufino Mananghaya, Eminima proponent and host of eMinima.org, started the session by loading the Eminima server miniCD in one of the computers of the laboratory. Then he briefed the participants about how current software has become not only portable but also very easy to use. To emphasize his point, he showed the participants the miniCD used in starting the server.
The speaker spent a few minutes explaining how community software has evolved, in particular its being very different from proprietary or corporate software. He emphasized that community software is mostly licensed with GPL (General Public License), a legal instrument that allows users the freedom to use and modify software, but also requires them to make the resulting new software freely distributed, too.
With the introduction over, the participants quickly turned to hands-on exercises. They were taught how to:
In summing up the activity, Dr. Mananghaya assured the participants that the software is free, but the users will have to study how to use it at work. He made the following list of reminders: