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Now in English: VALO-CD Open Source Software Collection 41

Posted by timothy
from the so-put-down-that-translator-gun dept.
spuguli writes "VALO-CD is an open source software collection similar to The Open CD. Version 8 is now available in English. The open source collection has been available in Finnish for several years, but now it has been translated into English and is available internationally as well. The collection contains pretty much everything a typical end user would need: LibreOffice, Inkscape, Firefox, Audacity and many other programs. The main goal is to increase knowledge about open source software. The programs are for Windows since most Linux distributions already contain most of the programs, and Linux users obviously are already aware of open source. The CD is developed collaboratively in a wiki. It is freely available as a torrent download."
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Now in English: VALO-CD Open Source Software Collection

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  • of the nightowl collection cdroms with bbs stuff. Waaaaay more awesome than "firefox" and "libreoffice". Meh!
  • by bmo (77928) on Saturday March 03, 2012 @07:34AM (#39230241)

    ... is a repository system of free software.

    A CDROM image does not really cut it. Sure, a handful of packages give a taste of what's available, but there's a lot out there that cannot be fit on a CD. And there is no way to keep up with updates except manually.

    One of the greatest advantages of many Linux distros is that they have repositories of software that are kept up to date, with just about everything you could ask for in F/OSS.

    Windows users are stuck crawling the likes of Tucows and Download.com and the venerable Simtel archive is not even a shadow of its former self (really, have you seen it lately?). Windows users just don't even know how nice it is to open up a software management window and get free/open source software without hassle. Signed packages in a vetted searchable mirrored database really is the way to go.

    --
    BMO

    • Something like this could indeed be created by the community. Maybe something like Ubuntu Software Center. It would also take care of updates of the software (if desired) in the same manner as Windows Update.
    • by paugq (443696)

      I said that one year ago:

      A wish a day 7: make emerge a generic package manager for Windows [elpauer.org]
      A wish a day 6: AppStore-like installer for KDE on Windows [elpauer.org]

      Intel AppUp [appup.com] includes open source software but it's not *only* open source.

      It's sad how open source and Linux distributions failed to capitalize on this appstore-frenzy.

      • There are package managers for Windows, taking the idea from linux package managers. They all suck ... probably because it is difficult to create complex software for Windows that also looks good and is easy to use, then make it easy to install.
        Another trouble is that windows software doesn't come in compressed archives that you can copy somewhere -- MSI is more complicated. And don't get me started on uninstalling.

        • Another trouble is that windows software doesn't come in compressed archives that you can copy somewhere -- MSI is more complicated.

          I was under the impression that .deb and .rpm were also more complicated than a tarball. How is MSI more complicated than .deb?

          • I think in MSI the installation procedure is in the executable, while rpm/deb are tarballs, but you can (optionally) configure a hook to have a script called when copying is done.
            In other words, on windows, the MSI package is in control, while on linux, the package manager is in control.

    • by QuasiSteve (2042606) on Saturday March 03, 2012 @08:52AM (#39230473)

      Microsoft are planning this, more or less.. mostly less, of course, because they're Microsoft.

      That said, one site that I've seen suggested before is:
      http://ninite.com/ [ninite.com]

      It's not just open source software, and it's not even 100% free-as-in-mythical-free-beer (trial version of MS Office, for example), but it does have a great many open source applications listed and makes installing them and keeping them updated pretty simple.

      It's not a complete set, but it is probably 'enough' for the casual user - and the concept could easily grow to accommodate more applications without losing sight of the fact that having 100 applications that all do the same thing is more confusing than helpful.

    • And just for completeness, the Filehippo Update Checker [filehippo.com] also deserves a mention.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society Open Source Software for Windows CD [ttcsweb.org] (and DVD) seems to have a larger selection than the VALO offering.
  • I've tried downloading it twice. The CD I burned was not useable and using MagicISO to mount it also failed. ???

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