[Foundation-l] Version 0.5 CD *finally* released

Titoxd@Wikimedia titoxd.wikimedia at gmail.com
Sat Apr 7 16:28:10 UTC 2007

[cross-posted to Foundation-l, Wikipedia-l and WikiEN-l]


Well, after a couple of snags that pushed back the release dates, Wikipedia 0.5 is finally available for commercial distribution. Thanks to Linterweb, one of the long-term goals of the Version 1.0 Editorial Team in the English Wikipedia has been accomplished. 


The release consists of an eclectic selection of 1964 articles, selected over a period of one year, which span from Art to Zeus. It draws heavily on the English Wikipedia’s featured article base, to have it also be a showcase of the best of our work. The CD is available at http://www.wikipediaondvd.com, and sells for approximately €12 ($15 USD, £8.50) with part of the sales going directly to the Wikimedia Foundation. The CD is also publicly viewable online, and the CD’s ISO file is available as well.


Either way, as the number "0.5" indicates, we are not done; static releases, just like Wikipedia itself, are not finished, as they are works in progress. We're starting work on Version 0.7 soon, and as everything else on Wikipedia, "more eyes are always more better" (the bad grammar is intentional ;) ). After v0.7, if things go as planned, we intend to finally publish Wikipedia Version 1.0 and accomplish our goal. But we need everyone’s help. 


As part of the Version 1.0 Editorial Team, I hope that you will enjoy and use our work, and we hope to provide you with more news of this kind soon.



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