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07 January 2010, 11:55

GCompris 9.0 learning suite released

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After two years of development, the GCompris developers have released version 9.0 of their educational software suite for children aged 2 to 10. GCompris features a number of activities that are game orientated and educational. The GCompris project is now nearly ten years old and the developers say the software "required some deep code restructuring". The latest release includes "many mandatory changes to make it easier to enhance, maintain and distribute".

According to GCompris Founder Bruno Coudoin, one of the major changes in GCompris 9.0 was driven by the Sugar community. Each of the activities in GCompris now have a single directory which includes all of the activities code and data, allowing activities to be distributed individually on OLPC XO laptops. The gnome-canvas toolkit has also been replaced by a Cairo based toolkit called GooCanvas, improving GCompris rendering.

Additionally, the GCompris skin format has been updated and is now fully SVG based, allowing the developers to create a skin by editing a single file, instead of 70. To accommodate newer, wider displays, the image aspect ratio has been changed from 800 by 600 (4:3) to 800 by 520.

More details about the release can be found in the release announcement. GCompris 9.0 source code is available to download from SourceForge. The developers note that the Windows release of GCompris 9.0 will be available as soon as it has been stabilised. GCompris is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).


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