OpenCD splash screen
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
The now defunct OpenCD project aimed to introduce users of Microsoft Windows to the benefits of free and open source software (FOSS). It is a CD image that can freely be downloaded and copied. The OpenCD team screened programs for stability, quality, and ease of installation, and only distributed programs available under an OSI-approved open source license, which allows users to freely use and distribute the disc as they wish. It was sponsored by Canonical Ltd., for a period.
The project was started in April 2002 in response to an article on linux.com by astrophysics student Henrik Nilsen Omma.
In September 2007, project lead Chris Gray left the project to pursue his own open source disc, called OpenDisc, citing numerous difficulties which he believed were negatively affecting the progress of the OpenCD project. As of September 27, 2007, the OpenCD project is no longer under active development.
Version 07.04 includes the then-latest versions of the following:
- Design: Blender, The GIMP, Inkscape, NVU, Scribus, Tux Paint.
- Games: Battle for Wesnoth, Enigma, Neverball, Sokoban YASC
- Internet: Azureus, FileZilla, Firefox, Pidgin, HTTrack, RSSOwl, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, TightVNC, WinSCP
- Multimedia: Audacity, Celestia, Really Slick Screensavers, Stellarium
- Productivity: MoinMoin, Notepad2, OpenOffice.org, PDFCreator
- Utilities: 7-Zip, Abakt, ClamWin, GTK+, HealthMonitor, Workrave
- Official site
- Development blog
- The OpenCD Italian Edition (Italian localized version)
- The OpenCD Hungarian Edition (Hungarian localized version)
- The OpenCD Dutch Edition
- TTCS OSSWIN CD
- Vrije Software CD 07.10 (Dutch)
- GNUWin II
- Open Source Software CD
- LoLiWin (French)
- AccessApps (UK; applications that can be run from a USB stick)
- Chantra (Thai).
- Das Opensource-DVD Projekt (German)
- The teacher's cdtoolbox / La boîte à outil du prof (English and French)
- Cdlibre (Spanish)
- CyanPack (Brazilian)