Open source software is getting hotter and hotter these days. This is only predictable since proprietary software has its conflicting issues too. However, it cannot be denied that lapses are present even in non-proprietary software. We can only await for fool-proof software at low or free cost.
However, since the Philippines faces also the issues of poverty, intellectual property and privacy, it is only most appropriate that we find means to alleviate the economic condition of most companies and to address software piracy.
It this cause, the Java Education and Development Initiative (JEDI) forms alliances with academic institutions and the software/technology industry to deliver Java education among IT professionals, teachers and students. This is indeed quite noble as participants get free training, resources and certifications. In return, their Java applications and education are reciprocated to the community for minimal or free costs. Just recently, Netbeans featured JEDI and certified JEDI Java instructors. There are indeed immeasurable opportunities for JEDI members.
This May 2009, our Region 12 will hold its Phase 1 (Java basic education) and Phase 2 ( Software Engineering/Mobile computing) trainings in the cities of Gensan and Koronadal. Other parts in the country may hold the same trainings this summer.
There can be similar initiatives in other countries. The thing is, are these initiatives enjoyed by the IT professionals and students. Check the JEDI official site for more information.