Wikipedia & Linterweb

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 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 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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  1. Hi Matthieu,

    It seems your wiki changed since I asked a question yesterday. Timestamps are lost, so I can’t find my question. But I did discover an answer, and will post it here to help others.

    I experienced the bug you describe as “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…).”

    So I downloaded en.wikipedia.img.zeno (not using Okawix), but couldn’t import it since it is not a *.okawix file. Then I downloaded en.wikipedia.okawix (not using Okawix), and that worked (it added en.wikipedia.zeno to the en.wikipedia directory). I guess the en.wikipedia.img.zeno file contains images, en.wikipedia.zeno contains articles, and using the file en.wikipedia.okawix is necessary to get indexing. In any case, only *.okawix files can e imported (via “add new corpus to local files”).
    I hope this helps someone else.

    Comment by greg — 22 March 2011 @ 2:30

  2. Hey Greg,
    Thanks for your feed backs.
    As you may have noticed, some of the comments of the blog disappear, show up and disappear again… While upgrading our blog engine to a new version, we’ve experienced small problems, it’s all a bit upside down right now, hope we can fix it quickly. But for a while don’t get scared if it looks like strange things are happening on the blog :-S
    Take care 🙂 Matthieu.

    Comment by Matthieu — 23 March 2011 @ 0:38

  3. Hi! When the download reach 1.7GB Okawix crash. I also notice that the RAM usage grow take all the memory.

    Comment by Sophos — 31 October 2011 @ 10:06

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