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FOSS is better 'alternative' to pirated software--advocate

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Free and open source software (FOSS) is a better alternative to pirated software, a local open source advocate has said.

"There is an alternative to pirated software. You don't need to pirate software to use good software. We often read raids of shops and businesses using illegal software. People want to use software, and FOSS is an alternative," said Dr. Giovanni Tapang, member of the Computer Professionals Union and Agham, an organization of Filipino scientists and engineers, in an interview last week.

While government continues to battle pirated software use in the country, local open source advocates will, for one day, show that there is freely available open source software that Filipinos can now use.

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