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.
Akademy 2015 was an awesome time for GCompris. First we decided with my wife Zohra to hold a little booth to showcase how GCompris runs fine on different platforms. We had a GNU/Linux PC running KDE, an Android tablet, an iPad and a MacBook running MacOSX. To our own surprise the booth was quiet successful, not all in the KDE community have a vested interest in children education and discovered GCompris for the first time. Everybody was surprised that GCompris is so comprehensive.
On the conference side, GCompris attracted a large number of attendees. After the usual project history, I dig a little bit on the difficulty of supporting many platforms, the stats on the Google Play Store, and about the commercial effort behind the project. You can see the video here and the slides here.
At Akademy there are developers from all around the world. We used that opportunity to record their many voices that were missing in our voice data set. To be precise, we recorded Taiwanese, Galician, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Dutch. We have been surprised by the welcoming of this initiative, thank you all who took time to help on that.
As it was quiet hard to know what’s missing for each locale, we created a new page that reports what voices and what data files are missing from GCompris.
Following the success of the recording sessions, we will redo the operation at Randa Meetings 2015.
I am happy to announce that we published on Google play store the first public version of GCompris.
One year ago I took the hard decision to fully rewrite GCompris in Qt Quick in order to address tablet users while keeping PC compatibility. As you imagine it’s a daunting task and something for sure I could not do alone. Thanks to the help of the many contributors who joined the project we have been able to port 86 activities of the 140 of the legacy version in a year. You can look at this page to see the status of the port. We can hope to complete the port in one more year. The new version is far from perfect and we continue to polish it everyday but we already provide a better user experience than the legacy version.
I would like to take this opportunity to thanks the KDE community at large who took us under its cute umbrella and allowed us to attract numerous contributors, developers, translators and provided us development support.
Some numbers, within a year GCompris had 1211 commits made by 19 contributors representing 34000 lines of code plus the 8 KDE translation teams who reached 100% (Ukrainian, Swedish, Portuguese, Polish, French, Dutch, Chinese Simplified and Brazilian Portuguese).
As you will see, the full Android version is sold for 6€ now but the price will have to be adjusted to find the optimal one. Software development is a lot of work, paying for GCompris is a good way to reward us and give us the opportunity to sustain the development on our beloved project
Another easy way to help us is to share the news and rate us on Google play.
Currently the graphics are one of the weakest part of GCompris, as they were mostly done by the developers, using free graphics assets and sparse graphic artist contributions.
To address this problem, we found Timothée Giet, a talented graphic artist interested in working on a complete graphics redesign. He is a long standing Free-Software contributor, active member of the Krita team and so part of the KDE community. Making new graphics for more than 100 activities is a big work, so we need your help to achieve this goal.
The project is not only about creating new background images but consists in a whole graphical rework. At first a graphic charter will be defined as none exists for now in GCompris. This will drive the project towards a unified style that it lacks today An emphasis will be done on usability, making sure the children find their way easily in each activity.
If you want to help, please consider making a donation and don’t forget to share this news in your community.
Just released a new beta named 0.18 of our Qt Quick port. Attached are some screenshots of the new activities.
The new release is accessible on the Android app store (join “GCompris tester” community on Google+) or direct download the apk here:
We now ported a large number of activities (83 by now) and we are covering a large spectrum in domain and target age. I believe we have enough content now to make an official release, hopefully by the end of the year.The development team is now focused on testing, documentation and then translations.
This is a good timing to test and provide us feedback.
GCompris is now officially a KDE application. As such, our development community is proud to participate for the first time to the KDE Randa meeting.
This is an excellent opportunity for the GCompris developers to meet in real life and get in touch with experienced KDE developers.
Please consider making a donation to help us finance this development sprint.