Wikipedia on DVD

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  1. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    Now, i love Wikipedia and use it all the time, but the idea of buying it on DVD seems to go against the whole point behind Wiki (or maybe that's my net-centric view on life :) ). I'm not sure that anyone will actually buy this.....

    From slashdot: "WikipediaOnDVD, with cooperation with the Wikipedia community, has released its first offline test version. The articles were selected by Wikipedians and reviewed for accuracy, vandalism, and importance. Nearly 2,000 core Wikipedia articles will be sold on compact disc to give people without a net connection access to highlights of the popular web resource. The CD can be purchased or downloaded online via their site or the torrent."
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    I intend to buy a copy (instead of downloading the ISO) since it's a pretty cheap way to support Wikimedia foundation and get something useful. A snapshot of the top articles in the encyclopedia.

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  3. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I might pick up a copy just in case Wikipedia ever goes down....my broke ass can't afford a full set of Brittanica, but I can definitely spend the time to download a torrent.
     
  4. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Well, if you live somewhere without Internet access or spend a lot of time in such places, this sounds like something that might be nice to have.
     
  5. smueboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm.. i like the idea of supporting the Wiki foundation. To make it a fully functional encyclopaedia i hope they release a much more extensive version after the test release.
     
  6. dejo Moderator

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    Hmm, shouldn't it be called WikipediaOnCD then? ;)
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    wow, been waiting for a long time. must get one....
     
  8. ghall macrumors 68040

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    The only problem I see is that it would be out of date by the time you click
    "okay". It's a good idea, but I can't really see how it would work. Oh well, I guess that's why it's just being tested.
     
  9. kitki83 macrumors 6502a

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    Same as an encyclopedia, it cant be proven or something may debunk some of the information. Anyway this is awesome for anyone doing quick research or know how. I am getting one. Support Wiki its totally awesome
     
  10. clevin macrumors G3

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    as all the great OSS projects, this wikipedia on CD can be downloaded for free.
     

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