OK I admit it – putting the Tagzania story under "in the news" was really unhelpful – poor information architecture, I confess, sorry.
So the official launch of agored can start off this new category. (I must admit that I thought it had been out for a while – but this I guess in the official launch). In brief it is a bilingual Welsh/English version of the OpenOffice suite. It sounds like it includes some nifty features specifically aimed at a bilingual context. The package is available free.
It is interesting that the ITWales story lists funding sources including the Welsh Assembly Government, S4C and the Welsh Language Board. It also includes quotations from Andrew Davies (Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks) and Alun Pugh (Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport). Presumably all part of the agenda to put IT at the heart of future Wales?
It’s perhaps slighly curious to have both a Microsoft and OpenSource offering essentially from the WLB, maybe they don’t want to appear partizan, or want to offer people the choice. Or maybe it is part of an insurance policy in case Microsoft change their mind? The more the merrier I guess 🙂
Please feel free to add comments or reviews of agored to this thread and to suggest other software that should be included. As part of another project I will be attempting to create an index of Welsh language software – more on that later.