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Empowering End Users with Pre-Installed Software

By Wayan Vota on November 9, 2009

End users of computers in the developing world often want to engage in activities that are beyond the stock software that comes with popular operating systems, especially Windows XP. But they usually lack the knowledge or bandwidth to find and download the right applications.

Making computers instantly useable

To empower these users, and reduce implementation time and costs, Inveneo has developed a Community Center Software Collection – more than 30 applications, including iTunes, Skype, QuickTime, RealPlayer, Flash, Shockwave, and solutions for typing tutors, editing photographs, audio files, and movies – that come pre-installed on request for XP-based hardware platforms.

This bundle of software and OS modifications is designed for a shared computing environment where there is little to no technical support, and has proven to be very useful for computers running Windows XP Home in rural and remote areas. Its available in English or French, however the operating system must be in the same language.

While this specific Community Center Software Collection is unique to Inveneo, its our hope that the underlying idea – appropriate, pre-installed software applications that make computers instantly useful to end users – becomes common in the developing world.


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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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2 Comments to “Empowering End Users with Pre-Installed Software”

  1. Hapee says:

    This is already out there and spread around, it is not just installed software but well chosen and combined with training material produced by Tactical Tech also responsible for other boxes: http://www.tacticaltech.org/

  2. Wayan Vota says:

    Hapee,

    Thanks for sharing Tactical Tech’s work for advocacy organizations with us. That’s a great addition to our focus on educational and community centers. Looking through the site, I found a link to NGO in a BOX, but I didn’t see a list of what software came with that CD. Do you know what they have on it?