Nepalese NGO Releases Localised Open CD

In its on going efforts to bring the power of FOSS based technologies to the mountainous asian nation of Nepal, the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya has released a localised version of the Open CD.

The Open CD is a project to create a collection of FOSS applications that run on the Windows platform, from Open Office to Firefox and beyond.

Localized Free and Open Source Software, Nepali Open CD 1.0

Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) has released the Nepali OpenCD 1.0 in January 9, 2007. The Nepali OpenCD 1.0 is a compilation of free and open source software localized into Nepali and runnable in the Windows operating system and developed by Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya. After the release of two different versions of NepaLinux, a localized Linux Distribution in Nepali, the development of the Nepali OpenCD 1.0 is yet another attempt of Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya for promoting the usage of localized Free and Open Source Software in the region. With the existing old legacies of the Windows operating system deeply rooted in the masses, the localized OpenCD is believed to be a motivating factor for switching to the Free and Open Source Software. The translation and localization of the software has been supported by the International Development and Research Centre, Canada under the PAN Localization Project.

Contents of the Nepali OpenCD

The localized Nepali OpenCD consists of the following software: Suite (Office applications like Writer,Calc,Impress,Base etc.);
2.SeaMonkey Browser and Mail client (Browser and mail client);
3.Gimp (Image Manipulation Software);
4.FileZilla - 3(FTP Client Program for uploading and downloading files);
5.VLC Media Player (Software for playing audio video files);
6.Nepali Unicode Keyboard driver (Input System for Nepali).

Pre-requisites for running the software included in the OpenCD after installation

In order to run the software included in the OpenCD after installation, the Nepali Unicode Keyboard driver, also included in the OpenCD has to be installed first in the computer.

Both the Open CD and its sister project Nepalinux can be found at