Archive for October, 2008

A localisation of the popular Wiki format could be the solution to low bandwidth in the developing world as an intermediate technology group from Africa calls for greater offline accessiblity and knowledge sharing.

“A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not address themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?” – Nelson Mandela.

Ubuwiki Offline is an intermediate technology solution for Africa where low-bandwidth and high-cost of internet make communication unaffordable for the majority. In the face of the digital divide, Ubuwiki contains a digest of information – Ubuwiki Live – to get users of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system started. Wikipedia has announced plans to migrate to the Ubuntu platform.


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