Kiwix technical status, Summer 2021

Here is a technical status report that was sent by Emmanuel Engelhart, our CTO, to the Kiwix Board of Directors in June 2021. Minor edits for clarity. Dear Board members, I wanted to share a new general technology update before our next meeting. As a reminder, you can...

In the news again

This time an interview on Website Planet: why Kiwix, what’s up, where the field of offline access is going. Check it out!    

Distributed Wikipedia Mirror Update

Distributed Wikipedia Mirror and Kiwix projects are happy to the announce general availability of updated English and Turkish mirrors, along with new languages: Burmese, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. A handy, up-to-date list can be found at ipfs.kiwix.org, and in...

In the (French-speaking) news

An interesting* interview with Sarah Zeines on where Kiwix is coming from and where it’s heading. For those of us who made the wrong life decision of speaking French but not being Heidi subscribers, here is a PDF copy. Alternatively, there was also another...

New use case: Literate Earth

The Literate Earth Project is a US-based non-profit. They manage 16 schools in Uganda, and another at the Imvepi refugee camp. They have been active for the past ten years already. Literate Earth reached out because their next step is to deploy Raspberry Pi hotspots...

Going viral in Peru

It looks like our Chemistry and Physics app has found its audience in beautiful Peru: The app went from 200 users in total to 8,000 new installs every day (and counting) in a matter of weeks. At the time of writing it stands a little bit over 132,000 active installs....

Zero-rating is bad, except when it’s good

Zero-rating -the idea of making some internet content entirely free to access (ie no data charges)- is an idea that we at Kiwix do not support as a matter of principle. We think it goes against the whole idea of net-neutrality, and it is not a good thing for the...

Google Summer of Code 21 is on!

It’s official: Kiwix will be mentoring students as part of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for the 4th year in a row, next to the likes of Qemu, the Python Foundation and many, many others: check them out here! What is new this year? Google’s requirements...

Let there be light

New cool product / project from our good friends at EduAir: a lamp. But not any lamp. EduEnergy is a low-consumption light bulb with an integrated wi-fi hotspot and content. Which contents, you ask? There’s Wikipedia, but also games for ages 3-5, MOOCs, books...