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 internet at large. And then...read more
What we did with your money
This is the year-end email that has been sent to Kiwix donors and supporters in December 2020. Hello | News | Cool | Next Who is this? My name is Stéphane, I’m the co-founder of Kiwix, and this is a short email to tell you what we did this year with your money. Thanking...read more
Zim it up!
It’s there. Finally, a tool for anyone to generate their own zim file! Yes, it is that awesome. And it is called Zimit. How does it work? As you can see, the web interface is pretty lean – it is what we put under the hood that matters. On your end, you will only need:...read more
Kiwix-JS 3.0 is out!
The lightweight web app and browser extension version of Kiwix, Kiwix JS, has now reached version 3.0. It is primarily intended for use as a browser extension/add-on, and you can find one for your browser by searching for Kiwix in the Mozilla, Chrome and Edge extension stores. Now you can have modern, fully supported Kiwix right there...read more
We are fixing the world (according to BBC)
A very nice all-round podcast worth a subscribe, but it gets even better when it discusses offline access, Kiwix, and people using it. Twenty minutes well spent.
A Falling Walls winner for Digital Education
Recognition is always nice – Kiwix won this year’s Falling Walls award in Digital Education for breaking the Wall of Connectivity! Here is the video that got us there: And here is the follow-up interview Thanks very much to the Falling Walls team who had to switch to the now-ubiquitous online format. We sure missed...read more
This bot is judging you. Here’s how we made it better at it
On October 15th, 2020, the 2nd generation WP 1.0 web tool was shut down, and the 3rd generation tool was launched to 100%. This was a major milestone for the project, representing over 2 years of planning and migration work. What is the WP 1.0 “web tool” and the related WP 1.0 “bot”? And what...read more
State of the Kiwi
Here is a broad update of where we stand in terms of technology for the project. First, the chart below summarizes broadly our tech stack and may or may not help you navigate what follows: Overall Kiwix is healthier than ever, with about 30% more code contributors, releases, tickets closed, etc. than last year. You...read more
How to report a bug
Issues -whether they’re actual bug reports or feature requests- are the basics of any software improvement. Developers must be able to clearly identify the problems that are brought to them before they can attempt to improve things. Why report an issue? Well, it looks like something is not working properly on your app. You can...read more
Three young coders to keep an eye on
Google Summer of Code 2020 is over, and boy was this a great year. Three very different projects, and tons of improvements. Here’s a little summary, both to express our thanks and, for future potential employers trying to sneak-google candidates, a good summary of what these guys can achieve. Consider this our letter of recommendation...read more