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 Post subject: A new distrbution of Free Software for WIndows
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:49 pm 
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Hello Community !

Just wanted to introduce you into my new project: TheOpenDVD.
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DOWNLOAD: I have put together a BETA version of my project, TheOpenDVD 0.9.0, 650 MB:
http://www.yousendit.com/download/YTY4e ... NUt4dnc9PQ

In recent times, quality FOSS distro for Windows remains to be found...
Back in 2003 there was a wonderful Open-Source project, named
'TheOpenCD', that really bring people into a community.
Now it's discontinued. And no high-quality successors exist.
So I created TheOpenDVD, which is a fork of TheOpenCD, which was discontinued.
In proprietary world, people can never revive old, successful, but discontinued project (such as 'Norton Commander') - they will have to rewrite it from scratch.
In Open-Source world, we can !

It gave users a small collection of high-quality user-friendly
Windows-native FOSS (with OSI-approved licesnes), plus some
philosophical items,
such as:
a. The Cathedral and the Bazaar Book
b. Revolution OS movie trailer. (movie itself seems to be Free now,
and in fact it is in 'Google Videos' collection)

I miss this project dearly, and decided to start a fork.
I named it 'TheOpenDVD', only to discover, that it violates a
trademark of another Italian project, TheOpenDVD.it.
It means that I have to re-brand it.
I think about the rebranding it into 'Free Software' though, and
follow the same ideals + add GNU philosophical materials.
In addition to FOSS for Windows and FOSS Philosophy, I want to push
forward the concept of Open Formats
(HTML/PDF/OpenDocument/OGG/WebM/...)
Changing Linux -> GNU/Linux and OSI-approved to FSF-approved licenses
should not cause too much trouble...
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FOSS, that we include:
a.1. DONE: LibO + sources
a.2. DONE: GIMP + sources
a.3. DONE: blender +sources

b.1. DONE: FFox + sources
b.2. DONE: Filezilla +sources
b.3. : Tight VNC+ sources
b.4. WinHTTrack+ sources
b.5. PuTTY+ sources

c.1. DONE: Audacity +sources
c.2. CDex+ sources
c.3. Games (CrackAttack and YASC)+ sources
c.3.a. TuxRacer +sources (BROKEN, need to refresh installer)
c.4. Celestia+ sources
c.5. ReallySlick+ sources

d.1. DONE: 7-zip +sources
d.2. scite +sources
d.3. DONE: VirtualBox +sources
(I'm considering adding GNS3 to the 'Education' section, but not soon, due to a lack of good un-installer...)

We keep the collection small, to ensure quality and relevance for the
Windows crowd, for the Home users.

Some issues:
1. Unfortunately I don't have enough resources to maintain more Free
versions, such as 'GNU IceCat'.
2. LibreOffice works, but constantly complains about lack of Java.
3. Is there any free Java out there for Windows? I found non-Free version:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/ ... index.html
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General questions:
1. Will you be interested in such a project ?
2. Are you seeing the value of educating Windows crowd the values of
Free Software ?
3. Will you help me to market it, upon completion ?
4. Which name can you suggest me to give it ? (TheOpenDVD is a used trademark, so I can't keep it... it is only for this first BETA).
5. Who can help me establish PHPbb forum ?

I soon hope to establish a new PHPbb forum for it, so I won't pollute GNS3 forums with it...
It is just a 'sneak peek' at something new...

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-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"




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 Post subject: Re: A new distrbution of Free Software for WIndows
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:18 pm 
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Hi,

Quote:
1. Will you be interested in such a project ?


Definitively, even if I am not a Windows user.

Quote:
2. Are you seeing the value of educating Windows crowd the values of
Free Software ?


Yes, I agree that people on Windows need to discover more about the values of Free Software, especially those who don't want to give up their Windows environment and install Linux ;)

Quote:
3. Will you help me to market it, upon completion ?


For sure yes :) I can post news etc.

Quote:
4. Which name can you suggest me to give it ? (TheOpenDVD is a used trademark, so I can't keep it... it is only for this first BETA).


Some quick ideas:

- GNUDVD
- TheFreeDVD

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5. Who can help me establish PHPbb forum ?


I can help you with that. Why not install BBpress? This is by the author of WordPress which I like a lot for the ease of use (updates, administration etc.)

In fact just for info, I would like to migrate from phpBB to bbpress for GNS3. The main thing is to keep all the posts.

So I can install bbpress (or phpBB if you really want it) on a dedicated server (not the one used by gns3.net). Then you can either buy a domain name and point the DNS to the server or I can create a subdomain xxxx.gns3.net for now.

Let me know.

Cheers,

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 Post subject: Re: A new distrbution of Free Software for WIndows
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:34 pm 
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plz dont migrate from PHPbb. It is the best forum ever. BBpress has much inferior user experience.

Big thanks for your offer.


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 Post subject: Re: A new distrbution of Free Software for WIndows
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:22 pm 
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I am not gonna migrate from phpBB now, I am just considering it. Maybe bbpress is suitable only for small forums ...

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 Post subject: Re: A new distrbution of Free Software for WIndows
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:41 am 
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update: OK, I have setup a website + phpBB forum.

+ made a test release: (download link)
http://www.qumble.org/forum/index.php




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