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Nupedia (March 2000-September 2003) was a free, public online International English language encyclopedia and the predecessor of Wikipedia, written by relatively small community. They used NupeCode platform. The successor Wikia software stands like the Wikipedia MediaWiki software under the GNU General Public License.
Nupedia was brought into being on March 2000 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The project was financed by Bomis.
For the Nupedia the development of the articles with a smaller circle took place from technical writers, and before the publication of all articles, a detailed examinations were subjected. The articles were subject to open content license at the beginning of the Nupedia. On January 2001, licensing was changed on urge of Richard Stallman to the GNU license for free documentation. Since Nupedia had a very bureaucratic work routine, the articles were of very high quality, but the project grew only very slowly.
Wikipedia project started by Jimmy Wales was originally only meant as a preliminary stage for Nupedia articles, however it attracted many participants and developed large self-dynamics. Success led not only to the completion of the Nupedia project, but also bringed the completion of the Wikia. Bomis terminated its support on February 2002 and Larry Sanger withdrew shortly thereafter both from the Nupedia and Wikipedia projects. Finally across early lifetime of Nupedia, only 25 articles were finally developed. The project was terminated on September 2003, but it was subsequently recreated on 2009 as Wiki hosted by Wikia.