English Wikipedia static version 0.5

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Following early German language efforts in 2004, the english wikipedia has released their first official static collection of articles. Weighing in under 2,000 articles, the collection represents around 0.1% of wikipedia’s current size at over 1,700,000 english articles. The initial release, version 0.5, is the first of two planned test releases to be released during 2007 in preparation for a polished and balanced version 1.0. I find these efforts within the wikipedia community extremely exciting and hope that these free and public releases will allow access to otherwise unreachable audiences.

These releases will be scrutinized for accuracy and will hopefully demonstrate a new phase of maturity for the project. One can even hope for a renewed interest in ongoing participation within the general public.

Find further details by browsing the contents of version 0.5 , buy or download a free copy at wikipediaondvd.com , and participate in the efforts toward the 1.0 release on the Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team page. Torrent downloads available via torrentz.com, compressed as kiwix-0.5.iso.bz2 or uncompressed as kiwix-0.5.iso.

As always, please don’t hesitate to request my assistance with anything wikipedia related via email or my user page at user:here.

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