VALO-CD had its first international release and will now be available in English. This is a project that gives out Free and Open Source (News - Alert) Software on a single CD that is loaded with selected best-in-class applications and will enable users to make the most of Free Software on Windows. This latest version comes in Finnish as well as English.
The main objective of this project is to offer Free and Open Source Software across the globe with the aim of increasing awareness of Open Source Software. VALO-CD programs are designed to run on the Windows operating system. However, almost all the applications have GNU/Linux support, which allows VALO-CD users to toggle between operating systems without having to worry about downtime and crashes.
In a release, Michael Meeks, SUSE Distinguished Engineer, and LibreOffice developer said “I'm thrilled with the work that the VALO-CD project is doing getting Free Software into user's hands. There is a real need to help people to get the latest and greatest Free Software on Windows into people's hands. It is good to see the very best LibreOffice 3.5 features getting to as wide an audience as possible, I heartily recommend the CD to you.”
The new LibreOffice 3.5 comes with a number of enhancements that include more complex handling of document headers and footers, a speedier English grammar checker and compatibility with Microsoft (News - Alert) Visio files. There have also been a number of updates to VALO-CD programs that have featured in the collection since 2008.
A new program called MuseScore has also been included. This is a Free Software cross-platform music notation program that acts as an alternative to the much more expensive market competitors like Sibelius, Finale, and Capella.
VALO-CD also has in-depth user guides to help users to get started. These manuals are prepared by the FLOSS Manuals documentation community. Tomi Toivio, the administrator of the Finnish language FLOSS Manuals said, “Our aim is to make it easy for the users to get into Open Source software. Even the manuals themselves are written collaboratively and distributed freely.”