Tito's note: This is the third in a series of articles about the Version 1.0 Editorial Team in the English Wikipedia.
Let's say that we have some big news...
A static release of Wikipedia is now a reality. :)
Copying the words of Martin Walker, the WP:1.0 coordinator for Version 0.5:
Assuming there are no last minute hitches, the Wikipedia:Version 0.5 CD should be going on sale on March 26 at www.wikipediaondvd.com for around 10 Euros/$US13-14 (a portion goes to the Foundation). It will also be made available for free download. It consists of 1964 articles and a set of navigation pages, with an open source (GPL) search engine, Kiwix, developed by Linterweb. We now have an ongoing collaboration with Wikimedia France, and User:Kelson wrote many of the scripts for Version 0.5. This CD will make a great birthday present for your loved one! Walkerma 05:54, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
Remember that this is a *test* release. Please check it out, have a look at it, and give us feedback about it.
By the way, all of the articles included in Version 0.5 will be available in Version 0.7, which is being prepared right now. So come join the Version 1.0 Editorial Team to help out!