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GCompris, a High Quality Educational Software

GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.

Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational.

Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.

  • computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, …
  • arithmetic: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, …
  • science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation …
  • geography: place the country on the map
  • games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku …
  • reading: reading practice
  • other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making, …

Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.

Get more information on GCompris.

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GCompris available from the Windows Store

As the title says, you can now buy the full version of GCompris for Windows 10 from the Windows Store.

This is a good way to make it more visible and easy to find for new users. Also, if you buy GCompris from the Windows Store, you get automatic updates, you can install it easily on all your Windows systems, and it will run in a sandbox.

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GCompris in Windows Store

GCompris in Windows Store
 

If you prefer to not use the store, or if you only want the free demo version, you can still download it from our Download page, and buy the activation code to unlock all the activities. The store is just one more way to distribute GCompris, and to provide some income to support the project.

As usual, the full version is free on Free-Software operating systems like GNU/Linux, but for proprietary operating systems like Windows, the full version has a cost. Of course, the source code of GCompris is and will always be under a Free-Software license.

Note: the package on the store contains the version using the software renderer instead of OpenGL, since it’s the only way we have for now to make sure it will work on any computer. If you really want the version using OpenGL, get it from our Download page.

GCompris Qt for Raspberry Pi

We are very happy to bring you GCompris 0.81, this time on Raspberry Pi.

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Raspberry Pi

 

 

 

This version for Raspberry Pi was made possible thanks to the new “light” mode that we’ve been working on (read the previous post to learn more about this new rendering mode).

It was built and tested on Raspberry Pi 3, where it works good. Since it was not tested a lot yet, this first package is considered beta. Please report any issue you may experience with it. If you can try it on a Pi 2, please let us know the result. It was also not tested on Pi 1, but those probably don’t have enough cpu and/or ram to run it.

The installer is on the Download page with all instructions needed to use it.

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny

Release GCompris 0.81

We are happy to bring you GCompris 0.81.

This is a bugfix release to correct some issues in previous version. All GNU/Linux distributions shipping 0.80 should update to 0.81.

Also, we introduce a new “light” version that doesn’t require OpenGL to run. This means that it should work on any computer. We provide some special windows packages using this option, and also the standalone installer for Linux 32bit is using this option. In this light version, the transparency gradient on the menu is gone, and we had to adapt a dozen of activities that will look a little different in this mode, but should still be usable.

We also added a new Download page on the website, with instructions for each operating system.

Last but not least, we now have translation for Indonesian, thanks to some very nice contributors who organised a sprint in Indonesia to work on it.

The most important changes in this version are:

 

  • Categorization, fix the “Shape” category
  • Categorization, fix the menu layout
  • Categorization, display score in expert mode
  • Guesscount, fix invalid result
  • Add Indonesian locale
  • Fix the missing copyright and licence info
  • Fix a font issue on windows version
  • Add a new minimal version with software rendering (requires Qt 5.8)

 

 

Activities modified to run with software rendering:

 

  • crane
  • categorization
  • lang
  • hanoi
  • tangram
  • land_safe
  • click_on_letter
  • left/right
  • hexagon
  • magic_hat
  • color_mix
  • color_mix_light

 

 

You can find this new version here:

 

  • Android:

 

The new version is available in the Android store

 

  • Windows:

 

Windows 32bit or Windows 64bit version

 

  • Windows (light version – No OpenGL):

 

Windows 32bit – No OpenGL or Windows 64bit – No OpenGL version

 

  • Linux:

 

If your distribution doesn’t provide an updated package, use one of those standalone installers. They must be launched from command line, after adding executable permission on the file. Check the Download page for more info.
Linux 32bit or Linux 64bit version

 

 

  • md5sums :

 

For all downloads: md5sums

 

  • GPG verification :

The source tarball, the windows and the linux installers are signed. You can retrieve the public key over https here: 0x63d7264c05687d7e.asc.

 

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny

Release GCompris Qt 0.80

Hi,

We are pleased to announce the release of GCompris version 0.80.

This new version contains 6 new activities:

  • a categorization activity where the child has to categorize item depending on the theme (by Divyam Madaan)
  • a guess count game where the child has to find the good operation to find a given number (by Rahul Yadav)
  • a game where you have to let the opponent put the last ball (by Utkarsh Tiwari)
  • same as above but the child plays with a friend (by Utkarsh Tiwari)
  • a checkers game (by Johnny Jazeix)
  • same as above but the child plays with a friend (by Johnny Jazeix)

We always have new features and bug fixes:

  • Polish lang dataset by Łukasz Wojniłowicz
  • Swedish lang dataset by Stefan Asserhäll
  • Ukrainian lang dataset by Yuri Chornoivanx
  • new icons
  • updated graphics on several activities
  • lots of bug fixes
  • website translation migrated to KDE infrastructure and translated in Belarusian, Catalan, Catalan (Valencia), Romanian, Portuguese and Ukrainian
  • new mingw windows builds
  • partial translations in Greek and Hindi

 

You can find this new version here:

  • Android:

The new version is available in the Android store

 

  • Windows:

Windows 32bit or Windows 64bit version

 

  • Linux:

If your distribution doesn’t provide an updated package, use one of those standalone installers. They must be launched from command line, after adding executable permission on the file. (based on Centos7 – will not work on distributions with older system libraries).
Linux 32bit or Linux 64bit version

 

 

 

  • md5sums :

 

For all downloads: md5sums

 

 

  • GPG verification :

The source tarball, the windows and the linux installers are signed. You can retrieve the public key over https here: 0x63d7264c05687d7e.asc.

 

 

On the translation side, we have 17 languages fully supported: Belarusian, British English, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Dutch, French, Galician, Italian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian; and some partially: Breton (75%), Chinese Simplified (88%), Chinese Traditional (90%), Estonian (91%), Finnish (63%), German (92%), Greek (90%), Hindi (98%), Russian (88%), Slovak (88%), Slovenian (80%).

If you want to help, please make some posts in your community about GCompris.

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny

GCompris release 0.61 and reoganization

Some of you are aware that I (Bruno) have a new “day” job and I don’t have time anymore to be active on GCompris. I created this project in 2000 and maintain it since then. So this release note is important to me because it will also be my last one. From now on, the releases will be handled by Johnny Jazeix.

As I cannot be active anymore, it would not make sense to continue selling GCompris. After investigating several options and in accordance with the most active members in our community, I decided to transfer the business operation to Timothée Giet. Timothée is a graphic artist with a long list of contributions on GCompris and in the KDE community. For now, all sales go to Timothée and he is in charge of the commercial support. There are no changes in the licensing nor in the development process which is still under the responsibility of the KDE community (Johnny Jazeix being the most active contributor).

r0-61-smallConcerning the release notes, the new activities are:

  • A simple wordprocessor (baby_word_processor by Bruno Coudoin), this activity is not available on mobile platforms due to issues with the virtual keyboard: if we only use the real keyboard, styles don’t apply and if we only use the virtual keyboard, we can’t navigate in the text, select it…
  • A tangram (by Bruno Coudoin). It starts with children friendly levels to introduce each concepts little by little and end up in the real tangram.
  • Explore the monuments of the world (explore_monuments by Ayush Agrawal during SoK).
  • An activity in which the children must color a graph so that no two adjacent nodes have the same color (graph_coloring by Akshat Tandon during SoK).
  • Pilot the spaceship towards the green landing area (land_safe by Holger Kaelberer).
  • Find the differences between the two pictures (photo_hunter by Stefan Toncu).

 

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Timothée Giet updated images for chess, hangman and horizontal/vertical reading activities along with the gcompris logo.

 

Lots of little fixes/improvements have been done (storing and restoring the window’s width/height at start-up, docbook updated, levels/images bonus, adding an internal dataset for words games so that we no more expect the network to run GCompris (except for the voices but they also can be bundled in the binary).

On translation side, we have 17 languages fully supported: Belarusian, British English, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Chinese Simplified, Dutch, French, Galician, Italian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian and some partially: Breton (88%), Chinese Traditional (97%), Estonian (82%), Finnish (74%), German (93%), Russian (83%), Slovak (76%), Slovenian (82%), Turkish (82%)

If you want to help, please make some posts in your community about GCompris.

The source code tarball is available here (GNU/Linux packagers are welcome)

GCompris on iPad

I am glad to announce that GCompris is now available on the iOS Apple Store for iPad and iPhone users.

The Qt Quick version of GCompris is available on Android since last year and is reaching 50000 installations. We have it on the MacOSX Apple Store and we have a demo version for Windows that will replace the Gtk+ version in the next release. For GNU/Linux users we are urging packagers to include us beside the Gtk+ version, in the mean time we provide an auto installer for x86 and x86_64.

Two years ago I just went out with the insane project of rewriting GCompris in Qt Quick and provide a version to mobile users. Many of you joined the project and made the dream comes true. And we did it, we now have a Free Software for children available on all major desktop and mobile platforms and most important we give users the ability to choose a Free operating system.

We now have a solid software foundation, a vibrant little community and almost completed the Gtk+ port (120 activities ported on 140). There are still many things to do. I would like to see more innovative activities, more educational experiments, better exchange with teachers to make sure each child find an activity that he can enjoy and learn with.

Quoting Winston Churchill, I think we can say that this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning

Bruno.

 

GCompris goes to KDE Randa Meeting 2015

The Randa Meeting is an annual KDE sprint that takes place in Randa, Switzerland from the 6th to the 13th of September.

Participants donate their time to help improve the software you love and this is why we need money to cover hard expenses like accommodation and travel to get the volunteer contributors to Randa. The Randa Meetings will benefit everyone who uses KDE software.

This year, the GCompris team will go to Randa Meetings to continue and finalize the Qt Quick port. After one and a half year of development we ported 100 activities on the 140 of the Gtk+ version. We have several activities in the pipe coming from our Google of Code students. In Randa we will continue the review and integration of the pending activities, and define how we will implement the most challenging ones that remains to be ported. We will also take this opportunity to record the voice of any participant to improve our international support.

You can support the Randa Meetings by making a donation, following the official page.