The Invisible Pinoy Open Source Majority?
Where are the Pinoy Open Source Developers? A few years ago this was a topic at PLUG. The discussion back then was that Pinoys are too busy working. If they have free time, they would rather get a sideline for extra income… Now that there are jobs that pay you to work with open source (common with Linux system administration), is getting paid to work on the code itself far behind? There is at least one local company where people paid to hack on open source code, but this is just maintenance work as far as I can see.
Is there a Filipino company that will dare build a product as open source? Or less dramatic: build a components product out of open source components?
The comments to this post are also interesting, because they signify apparent activity in the local open source community. Yet it’s also obvious that, after nearly a year, none of the projects nor personalities cited have enjoyed any significant publicity over here. Perhaps open source is simply too irrelevant for Filipinos, who honestly have more pressing concerns in their lives.
It is clear that the local online market still has a lot of room for growth, especially when you compare the Philippines to a well-connected country like South Korea. The lack of a net-savvy local audience limits the visibility of the Pinoy Open Source community.
Still, everything here indicates that as more Filipinos go online, the chance for a vibrant local open source community to develop increases. Ultimately, for the Philippines to be able to focus on fields such as open source development, the country needs to address its fundamental societal needs first. Without the necessary stability, we will not be able to go beyond the basics.
Thus, the real question is not “Where are the Pinoy Open Source developers?”, but “How we can help the Pinoy Open Source community thrive?”
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