Wikipedia & Linterweb

17 June 2011

Okawix package for the ASRI Linux distribution available

Filed under: news,okawix — Matthieu @ 0:14

The association (fr) ASRI (ASRI stands for Action Solidaire de Revalorisation Informatique en milieu scolaire) intends to provide pupils with an easier access to Internet and to computer resources. ASRI achieves its goals for instance by getting, upgrading and reusing old but nevertheless usable computers. As an other way of pursuing its objective, ASRI developed (fr) ASRI éducation, a Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux, and especially designed for a school audience. At Linterweb, we find this project very interesting. We are therefore very happy that ASRI is making available a package to set up easily our software Okawix. This Okawix package will allow the children to browse comfortably (fr) Vikidia, a Wikipedia-like website for children aged 8 to 13 years.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website;, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

ASRI Education v2.0 Office of the user environment "kids 6-10 years", by ASRI éducation (Own work), GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Hi, I have a question and don’t know where else to post it.
    I just finished downloading 1.9 GB of Spanish language Okawix Wikipedia using a Torrent on Edubuntu.
    The problem is that I not have a huge file that I can’t download again, but no obvious way to get Okawix to recognise it. Can someone let me know what the secret for doing this might be?
    I am in the Peace Corps, and this was my only option for my rural site for having an offline encyclopaedia.

    Comment by Garrett Johnson — 27 June 2011 @ 2:08

  2. Hi Garret,
    And thanks for your question.
    Normally, if you double click on the .okawix file, you shoud be automatically proposed to install the archive into Okawix.
    Should this not work for any reason, you should also be able to do the following: open the program Okawix, and right click anywhere on the interface of the program. A contextual menu then pops up, offering you the possibility to install an archive from a URL or local hard drive. Choose this, and then enter the path to your .okawix file on your hard drive.
    Did it work? Please let us know if you can’t do it or if something remains unclear 🙂
    Good luck, and take care 🙂 Matthieu.

    Comment by Matthieu — 27 June 2011 @ 19:27

  3. I have found the link to download Wikipedia by accident but I am quite amazed right now to see that I can use it by staying offline. It is something like I have found a encyclopedia for free with so much of utility. You guys are doing real social service although with some support by public also. 🙂 Thumbs Up for Wikiwix!

    Comment by Meryem — 6 July 2011 @ 12:17

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