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Wednesday, 23 February 2022

gcompris 2.2

Hi,
We are pleased to announce the release of GCompris version 2.2.

This is a maintenance release, so every GNU/Linux distribution shipping 2.0 or 2.1 should update to 2.2.

Here is a summary of included changes:

  • New images and lot of little issues fixed in Watercycle and Renewable energy activities.
  • New images in Tangram activity.
  • Better letter ordering in the virtual keyboard (follows the locale set in GCompris).
  • Fix a crash on Android when starting Balancebox activity.
  • Many other little fixes and improvements.

On the translation side:

  • Russian translation has been completed.
  • New voices added for Norwegian Nynorsk (all except the introduction voices).

You can find packages of this new version for GNU/Linux, Windows and macOS on the download page. This update will be available soon in the Android Play store, the F-Droid repository and the Windows store. The package for Raspberry Pi will also be available soon.

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny

Thursday, 3 February 2022

Over 120 individual programs plus dozens of programmer libraries and feature plugins are released simultaneously as part of KDE Gear.

Today they all get new bugfix source releases with updated translations.

Distro and app store packagers should update their application packages.

Thursday, 20 January 2022

gcompris 2.1

Hi,
We are pleased to announce the release of GCompris version 2.1.

This is a maintenance release, so every GNU/Linux distribution shipping 2.0 should update to 2.1.

The most important change is that assets downloads on some older Android versions should now work again.

Here is a summary of included changes:

  • Ship SSL certificate to download the assets for older Android phones/tablets which do not have it and fail to download data (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=447572).
  • Graphics have been updated for Balance box and Erase activities.
  • Fix a bug in reversecount where after the fish did one turn, it was not possible to win even when inputting the good result.
  • Fix a freeze in learn_decimals activities when changing levels.
  • Add bold tag for Keyboard controls line on path encoding activities.
  • Fix bottom of the activities list not visible when scrolled down to the end.
  • On Windows, remove the blurriness on HiDPI screens when installing GCompris.

On the translation side:

  • Breton and Macedonian have been completed.
  • Czech has returned (partial translation above 80% for now).

You can find packages of this new version for GNU/Linux, Windows and macOS on the download page. This update will be available soon in the Android Play store, the F-Droid repository and the Windows store. The package for Raspberry Pi will also be available soon.

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Over 120 individual programs plus dozens of programmer libraries and feature plugins are released simultaneously as part of KDE Gear.

Today they all get new bugfix source releases with updated translations.

Distro and app store packagers should update their application packages.

Thursday, 16 December 2021

gcompris 2.0

Hi,
We are pleased to announce the release of GCompris 2.0. The educational value and the hours of fun and entertainment it provides children of all ages makes it the perfect present for these festive holidays.

It contains many new and improved activities. Below is a summary of included changes.

New activities:

  • Baby mouse is for children learning to interact with a computer for the first time.
  • Oware is a traditional African strategy game, it can be played against the computer or with a friend.
  • In Path encoding (absolute or relative) children need to give a set of directions to follow a defined path in a grid.
  • Path decoding (absolute or relative) is the opposite. Children have to create the path corresponding to a defined set of directions.
  • In Learn quantities, the goal is to count how many items are needed to represent a quantity.
  • In Learn decimal numbers, children cut units in pieces to learn the concept of decimal numbers.
  • Learn decimal additions and Learn decimal subtractions use the same principles as Learn decimal numbers, but this time to practice these operations.
  • With Ordering numbers, children can practice ordering numbers in ascending or descending order.
  • With Ordering letters, children can practice ordering letters in alphabetical order or in reverse order.
  • Ordering sentences is a step up in which children can practice reading and grammar by sorting out parts of a sentence.
  • Positions is an activity to learn the terms describing the relative position of an object.

Improved activities:

  • Analog electricity has a new set of tutorial level.
  • Programming maze has a new dataset containing loops operations, and its tutorial images are now translated.
  • Magic hat activities have new datasets for younger children.
  • In Solar system we now use Earth days and years as unit for all planets.
  • In Geography activities, all the maps have been redrawn and updated, using better projections and in svg format. We also added new maps for each part of Asia (East, Southeast, South, Central and Western).
  • New images and visual improvements for Hanoï activities, Missing letter, Money activities, Photo hunter, Simple paint and Tangram.
  • We have a new Inkscape extension to help creating svg maps and puzzles (https://invent.kde.org/education/gcompris/-/tree/master/tools/inkscape).

... and many more little fixes and improvements.


On the translation side, GCompris 2.0 contains 33 languages. 26 are fully translated: (Azerbaijani, Albanian, Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, British English, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Chinese Traditional, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian). 7 are partially translated: (German (96%), Norwegian Nynorsk (96%), Belarusian (83%), Macedonian (82%), Breton (80%), Turkish (76%) and Russian (76%)).

As usual you can find packages of this new version for GNU/Linux, Windows, Android, Raspberry Pi and macOS on the download page. This update will also be available soon in the Android Play store, the F-Droid repository and the Windows store.

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny