OpenDisc 08.03 Progress

Posted February 9th @ 11:08 am by Chris Gray

While we were originally planning on a 08.02 (February) release, we’d like to have Open Disc running the new backend flawlessly (Kiwix, the same software powering the offline Wikipedia DVD), than release 08.02 in the interim with limited functionality. With all things going well the next version will be 08.03.

The rescheduling also allows us to expand the selection of programs on Open Disc, primarily from user suggestions on the forums – thanks due to everybody who has taken the time to submit and discuss new programs. A full list will be published closer to the time of release.

Throughout late 2007 contributors were taking updated screenshots which will appear on the next version, and as always the dedicated people providing translations have been collaborating to bring together what will soon be a multi-lingual Open Disc. This was originally slated for the next version, though the implementation of Kiwix has pushed that date into the very near future.

Some of the ideas suggested on the forums were to open the Open Disc wiki (currently for our translation project) for all purposes, and we’re pleased to announce that the new wiki will soon go live, with more information available for those interested.

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  1. Jake
    February 13, 2008 at 01:27

    Looking forward to it — the OpenDisc has become a staple to to hand out to friends :)

  2. Raymond
    March 6, 2008 at 16:33


    I am not sure if this will matter much…but I just wanted to give my 2 cents. I think your list of open source applications are generally good apps, however, how about introducing some new rather than the old open source apps. For instance, for an iTunes replacement, how about Songbird, or for video player and downloading, I would suggest Miro. Also, why don’t you use Kompozer instead of Nvu. It is basically the same app, except Kompozer has just been fixing and updates bug fixes. Again, just my thoughts, I think you are doing a great service. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  3. ChrisGray
    March 6, 2008 at 17:13

    We’re planning to expand the selection of programs on OpenDisc in leaps and bounds, and 08.03 will not be an exception. Miro will be included, Kompozer will replace the new defunct Nvu, although we’re holding off this time around for a music player. Hopefully by the next release there’ll be a timeframe for when Amarok will be available, and once that happens we can decide whether to wait or include something in the meantime.

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