The CS faculty members and their dean, Mrs. Amie Rosarie C. Caballo, are currently evaluating possible modifications of the existing laboratory setup specifically on its Operating System and Applications Software. Paid proprietary software including Microsoft Windows, Adobe Photoshop, and Macromedia DreamWeaver are used in the present CS laboratories.
Open Source Software has proven to be an incredible benefit to computer users and learning institutions. In this case, its benefits and drawbacks are duly deliberated upon by the group. To assist and orient the group on the possibility of converting into an Open Source Software/Applications, a seminar on Open Source software was conducted last May 24, 2008 at the Engineering Laboratory of the Bates Building in Dampas Campus.
The one day seminar was handled by Engr. Reynaldo F. Agunod. He is a full-time laboratory assistant of the Engineering Computer Laboratory, Office-in-Charge of the Engineering Lecture Room, and a part-time Faculty Member of the College of Engineering. GNU/Linux and many other Open Source Software/Applications running both on GNU/Linux and Windows are only a few of the various interests of Engr. Agunod. He was the one who suggested that GNU/Linux which is an Open Source Operating System will be used at the Engineering laboratory.
The morning session was spent on a lecture on Open Source Software/Applications highlighting the GNU/Linux Operating System. The group had a chance to have a hands-on application on the theories and concepts in the afternoon session when they tried manipulating the basic commands on the said Operating System. The CS faculty members up to this date are having a comprehensive evaluation to consider the pros and the cons of the likelihood of setting up the CS laboratories with an Open Source Software/Application.