Combatting Software Piracy through the use of FLOSS

by Eyre Austero 21. December 2009 06:38

     According to the IDC Global Software Piracy Study conducted during the years 2004 and 2005, the software piracy rate of the Philippines remained at 71%. Losses due to this was also found to  increase from 69 million USD to 76 million USD. 

     This only goes to show the obvious: that, indeed, software piracy is rampant in our country.  And the sad thing is, it is also hurting the economy. As concerned citizens who would like to abide with our existing Intellectual Porperty laws (RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code) and RA 9239 (Optical Media Act)) , what can we do to help? For me, one solution is through the use of free/libre/open source softwares (FLOSS) as alternatives  to commercial softwares that are sometimes difficult to afford.

    My first encounter with FLOSS was during my university days. This was in my one-semester programming class where we created and compiled programs on PCs powered by a Linux OS. My first impression was that the GUI looks nice but at the back of my mind, I did not really think that it can work as well as Windows.  My next encounter is with OpenOffice.org.  Again, this was during my university days when some of the computer facilities (like those in the main library) were starting to have it as the default office software suite.  As with before, I thought that it looks nice (even comparable to Microsoft Office) but was not really convinced that it can work as well as MS Office. 

     I can't fault myself for thinking that way in the past. For one, I did not have much opportunity to explore their functionalities at length. Second, I had this notion that since they're free, something might be wrong with them somewhere.

     Now, things have changed.  Almost all softwares installed in my PC are either open source or freeware. This is because I've used them myself and found them to work fine for my everyday needs. 

     Let me now show you some of the free/libre/open source softwares that I am currently using. I'm inviting you to give them a try to see for yourselves if they're enough for your needs. If ever you don't like them or can't live with their limitations there's always a commercial software out there for you.

Category Software Type
Operating Sytem (Dual-boot with Win7) Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
Open Source
Office Software Suite OpenOffice.org Open Source
Photo Editing GIMP 2 Open Source
Media Player VLC Media Player Open Source
FTP Client FileZilla Open Source
Encryption TrueCrypt Open Source
Graphics Viewer InfranView Freeware


Computer Software

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