Wikipedia & Linterweb

14 October 2009

Okawix is a free software.

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 19:10

Hello everybody,

Recently we (I mean the people who work at Linterweb) have had the surprise to read here and there in a couple of comments or articles that Okawix would regrettably not be a free software. How and why this has been written, is for us great mystery.

Therefore, we’d like to make it completely clear that Okawix IS an absolutely and entirely free software… As free as a bird!!

Okawix, the off-line Wikipedia reader that has been developed by our company, Linterweb, was released officially on the 13th of July 2009, while Okawix’ source code was released on the 9th of the same month; that is, before Okawix’ publication…

More accurately, Okawix is available under the GPL version 2 License, (i.e., among other things, the software is free of copyright and free of charge, and anyone interested may view the source code at the address http://sourceforge.net/projects/okawix/ and edit it).

Okawix uses the Mozilla technologies (XUL / Javascript, XPCOM components written in C++) and can be run on the popular Linux operating system, as well as on the Windows or MacOS operating systems.

Okawix can be downloaded for free from Internet at the following address: http://www.okawix.com/. If your connection is slow, our website allows you too to buy USB flash drives with on it Okawix and all articles of the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, in one or several languages of your choice (all of Wikipedia, all of Wikisource, … with the pictures).

It was worth to be said, wasn’t it?

So, have much free fun with our free Okawix software 🙂 take care, Matthieu.

5 October 2009

Various news of Okawix.

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 19:15

Dear all,

We’ve got several news for you about Okawix, the off-line Wikipedia reader that was developed by the web company Linterweb, and whose search engine is our other program Wikiwix.

First of all, Linterweb is going once again to collaborate with the English speaking Wikipedia 1.0 community. The Wikipedia 1.0 projects plan to implement content review, to produce a filtered snapshot of the English speaking Wikipedia, to publish a core set of articles thanks to a selection based on a combination of importance and quality. This project is still under way. A first 0.5 version containing a collection of almost 2,000 core articles has been released in April 2007. Well… The news is that the next version, the version 0.7, containing this time around 31,000 articles, is about to be released in the form of a .okawix archive, so that you will be able to download the .okawix archive of the version 0.7 through the use of the Okawix software, or directly from our Okawix.com website. Then the software Okawix will allow you to read the articles of the Wikipedia 0.7 off-line, or, among other things, to find specific articles with the help of our integrated Wikiwix search engine, …

Secondly, I’m happy to announce that new languages have been added to the Okawix software. It was of course already possible to get the contents of the various Wikimedia projects in all the available languages of the Wikimedia, that is, about 253 different languages (!). But the user interface, that until now was only available in French, German, Spanish and English, will be from now on available in the twelve following languages: not any more only French, German, Spanish and English, but in addition Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Japanese. By the way, we’d like to express a huge thank you! to the members of the translatewiki.net community for all the work they have done for those user interface translations!!!

Furthermore, I’m glad to announce that a documentation has been added to the Okawix software, too. Unfortunately, this documentation is so far only available in French, but it will be soon available in more languages!

Last but not least, you’ll note that several bugs have been corrected, including a quite annoying one that caused Okawix to crash during the download of big .okawix archives (e.g. the archive file of the English speaking Wikipedia…).

Well, if you would like to learn more about Okawix, we encourage you to visit and read our blog, especially the article “Introduction to Okawix“.

Enjoy your time with Okawix!

Yours sincerely , Matthieu.

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