[Wolves] Encyclopaedia on linux
me at chaseacademy.com
Wed Apr 19 12:07:53 BST 2006
Agree with all the comments about internet and wikipedia being a way to
go. But for various reaons I don't have internet connected to the
children's machines and I wondered if anyone know of any of the standard
encyclopedias that would work.
Thanks for the help anyway.
Shane M. Coughlan wrote:
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> Stuart Langridge wrote:
>> A chap at http://www.jraleigh.com/index.php/2006/03/08/offline-wikipedia/
>> installed his own local copy of mediawiki (the software that runs
>> wikipedia) and imported all the wikipedia data into it. The wikipedia
>> people also make static HTML dumps available:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Database_download has lots of
>> information about different ways to download. Most of these dumps are,
>> however, bigger than a CD, so someone creating a CD wikipedia would
>> need to think a bit about how to compress the data.
> Very nice.
> A quick peek suggests two things: (1) any application making use of
> wikipedia will require frequent updates and (2) these updates are going
> to be problematic because of the size of the database.
> I guess the best thing would be some sort of system to check and
> download 'important' articles on a rolling basis (definition of
> 'important' really depends on the user), while having larger updates
> occur once a month or so in the wee hours of the night.
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