TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.92 available for download

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.92, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is now available for download and includes Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and OpenOffice.org 2.4.1.

  • Date created : Tuesday June 17th, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.92.iso
  • File size : 690 MB (723,623,936 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 7780c52fb4957fa4cc0f32c63ea7a6f4 / 7780c52f b4957fa4 cc0f32c6 3ea7a6f4
  • SHA-1 : b74d7b6f af26662a 0acb8f88 b4b96009 1fcb24c5
  • SHA-256 : 025a1ab8 846d854b 07040fa2 75d655b2 8c664c88 10afe73a d37e3bb1 c1343d02

Changes from v1.91

  • added wxDownload Fast
  • updated OpenOffice.org, Sumatra PDF, ConvertAll, Treeline, Maxima, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban Yasc, GIMP, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, Halite, Miranda IM, VirtualDub, CoolPlayer, VideoLAN, ClamWin Antivirus

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN CD page for download locations.

Help Firefox get a world record on Tuesday 17th June 2008

Version 3 of the multi-platform web browser Mozilla Firefox will be released on Tuesday 17th June 2008. The non-profit Mozilla Foundation is attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours on Tuesday 17th June 2008.

(Update : June 17th – after some initial hiccups, you can download Mozilla Firefox 3 . For live interviews with the Mozilla team, updates on the download count so far (and earlier, the problems with website updates), visit http://air.mozilla.com/ )

Firefox v3 has several improvements, not just in features but in the speed of loading webpages. Check out this screencast of some of the features in Firefox 3. There is also a Field Guide to Firefox 3 with many screenshots. To help with the record, visit http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord and click on the red “Pledge Now” button. You will be asked to select what country you are from (and yes, Trinidad and Tobago is listed as one of the countries) and optionally your email address (for the Mozilla Foundation to keep you informed on Tuesday) and click the Pledge Now button. By doing so, you are pledging to download Firefox 3 on Tuesday.

The http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord page has an interactive map where you can see the number of pledged downloads. As of 2:00am Monday 16th June 2008, the number of pledged downloads from Trinidad and Tobago is 573. So head over to the http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord page if you haven’t pledged to download Firefox 3 (and of course do so on Tuesday!)

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.91

Tux Math

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.91, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is now available. The file details :

  • Date created : May 22nd, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.91.iso
  • File size : 677 MB (710,182,912 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 12d86a8200b7d8ce60e0f48553dc7fed / 12d86a82 00b7d8ce 60e0f485 53dc7fed
  • SHA-1 : ab4cbb13 f12e70c1 def32fea 76a8b098 0e099c30
  • SHA-256 : 214e6c8c b3b332ca 4df88fa0 0f030f04 f088482a f8278641 4345dac6 b715dd57

Changes from v1.90

  • added TuxMath, Pathsync
  • updated Abiword, Notepad2, WinMerge, Tux Typing, Celestia, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban Yasc, FreeCiv, Paint.NET, Blender, Inkscape, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Halite, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, VideoLAN, ClamWin Antivirus, InfraRecorder, UltraVNC, KeePass, Axcrypt, Ant Renamer
  • removed Scorched3D

The official TTCS OSSWIN CD page at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin-cd/ will be updated once the file mirrors make it available.

future of TTCS OSSWIN CD

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is looking at what to do for a TTCS OSSWIN CD 2.0 release.

Does anything need to change?

One of the big problems encountered with the TTCS OSSWIN CD is the space for programs. Updated versions of programs unfortunately are larger in filesize than their predecessors. Recently, more and more programs had to be removed (see the TTCS OSSWIN CD changelog). So, YES, something needs to change.

Here are several options the TTCS has considered. Ideally, it will be good to have a version 2.0 of the TTCS OSSWIN CD done in time for Software Freedom Day 2008.

Develop a DVD version of the TTCS OSSWIN CD.

A DVD would solve (for now at least) the file size problem and allows for many more programs to be put on a DVD and more material about each program (such as larger screenshots, or short videos, even. There are several concerns, however :

  • whether to maintain the TTCS OSSWIN CD concurrently with a DVD version. This relates to the difficulty of maintaining two software collections – it could be done separately but then this introduces more maintainence headaches and I’ve learned that the more hassle something is, the less likely it will be done (data backups anyone?). So IMO, a system has be developed/designed to allow for updates to the CD and DVD versions to be done in one location (ie : updates to the information text and the program is done at one location).
  • hosting a DVD might be too much for the third party mirrors for TTCS OSSWIN CD (to whom we cannot thank enough!).
  • the interface for a DVD version : the current interface for the CD will probably not work well with more software items in its menu. Already the Utilities section scrolls off the page on lower resolution displays (see screenshot below – there are three more items below Drempels yet on a 1280×1024 display, they are not seen). So a new webpage design needs to be also designed to cater for the many programs on such a DVD.

screenshort of TTCS OSSWIN CD interface showing the Utilities category

Drop the games from TTCS OSSWIN CD

With regards to the CD version, a possible option being explored is to drop the games section from the TTCS OSSWIN CD. This will allow space for more programs in the other categories in the short term. Also the easiest option to implement.

It has been suggested by some that the presence of the games might be turning off persons such as business users who may not take the OSS seriously for use in businesses, so the removal may make the CD more “friendly” to its use in businesses.

The downside of this option : no games! Life is no fun without games :-). A TTCS OSSWIN CD Games edition could be done…which leads to the third option :

Develop multiple editions of TTCS OSSWIN CD

It has been suggested that specific editions of OSSWIN CD be done to target different persons. Two examples : a TTCS OSSWIN CD (Business Edition) which takes out the games and a TTCS OSSWIN CD (Education Edition) which takes out games and adds a programming software category.

The idea would be that the targeting of different editions of the CD to the different users would result in increased usage among such targeted users. Similar to the ideas expressed in this TED Talk : “What we can learn from spaghetti sauce”.

Downsides?

  • The difficulty of maintaining multiple editions as mentioned earlier.
  • Microsoft Vista has multiple editions. Does that make it easier for users to decide which one is right for them?

However, it is possible that a single DVD version could do this type of end user targeting by having different menus for different users. So on startup (say), the screen could have menu options or ask the question :

  • Are you a Business User?
  • Are you a home user?
  • Are you a Teacher?

then a different software selection on the DVD would be given.

So, those are some of the considerations. Your thoughts about the current version of TTCS OSSWIN CD?

updates to TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.90

Since TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.90 was released on March 30th, 2008, there have been several software updates. As of April 8th, 2008, these are :

With the increased file size of Inkscape, Scorched3D will be removed from the next version of TTCS OSSWIN CD which will likely be released online towards the end of April 2008.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.90 released

screenshot of the web-based interface of TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.90

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.90, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download. This version features the updated software including OpenOffice.org v2.40 and Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.13 ; hence the version bump from planned v1.86.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.90 file details :

  • Date created : March 30th, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.90.iso
  • File size : 696 MB (729,970,688 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 3e209facf2c68715836baaadfee617db / 3e209fac f2c68715 836baaad fee617db
  • SHA-1 : 0c06c05e 1aaf8ce1 b4661b20 ea617165 878771d5
  • SHA-256 : 317b7e73 82b905b6 1b8c2197 c9b30c3c bc0a1e76 71324341 bbca81b4 f8022252

Changes from v1.85

  • updated OpenOffice.org, Programmers Notepad, TuxPaint, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, GIMP, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, XAMPP Lite, VirtualDub, VideoLAN, UltraVNC, TrueCrypt, Axcrypt, Autohotkey
  • removed DBDesigner4, Fullsync

Filefront mirror is up ; other download mirrors (including BitTorrent) will be updated soon.

OpenOffice.org v2.40 available (soon)

It hasn’t been announced on the OpenOffice.org website, but the download links for v2.40 are now active.

Download :

  • OpenOffice.org v2.40 for Windows (US version ; doesn’t include Java Runtime Environment)
  • OpenOffice.org v2.40 for Linux (US version ; Linux RPM version)

Other official download links for Linux .deb version and MacOS X should be available soon.

(Update 26-3-2008 : removed the download links for now since someone pointed out the OpenOffice.org PolicyMirrorLinking)

next version of TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.86 to be released by end of March 2008

Decided to wait for OpenOffice.org v2.4 to be released but it has been pushed back due to show-stopper bugs discovered with the release candidates. OpenOffice.org Ninja has more on this. Inkscape v0.46 for Windows will also hopefully be available by then.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.85 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.85 is now available to download from Filefront ; other download mirrors will be updated soon.

  • Date created : February 11th, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.85.iso
  • File size : 702 MB (736,174,080 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 72520a6b288dcfbfced5ff99f65220ca / 72520a6b 288dcfbf ced5ff99 f65220ca
  • SHA-1 : 48160403 d2b1eead 60e701ec fa0f4e4f 5207a971
  • SHA-256 : e4c0c429 ca8937ea b8cfca14 0565e4c1 8f5d6a60 7e301193 7ea60a62 412efba4

Changes from v1.84

  • updated Sumatra PDF, WinMerge, ConvertAll, Wikidpad, Celestia, Stellarium, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, Freeciv, Scorched3D, GIMP, Paint.NET, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, Halite, ClamWin Free Antivirus, UltraVNC, TrueCrypt, Keepass
  • removed Jools, wxMusik, Rainmeter, DotWidget