Following the reports from the OLPC committee that the
original quotes for OLPC orders were exaggerated, Wikipedia has just
newswire claiming that an offline version of Wikipedia will be included on the
"We are very pleased to have our content featured on the OLPC
laptops," said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. "OLPC's mission
goes hand in hand with our goal of distributing encyclopedic knowledge, free of
charge, to every person in the world. Not everybody in the world has access to
a broadband connection. This is exactly the type of project that advances
Wikipedia's core mission."
Wikipedia currently hosts about 1.2M articles in English, with approximately
another 3.4M articles hosted in other languages. Taking Wikipedia offline
for a static version is nothing new: the entire German-language edition
(approximately 300,000 articles) is distributed onto 9GB DVD-ROM
semi-regularly. The offline German version also comes with about 100,000
Wikipedia and OLPC have not announced which languages will be distributed with
the OLPCs, or which articles will appear in the final revision either.