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0001 0002 **Introduction 0003 0004 GCompris is a rich educational software, including more than a hundred activities aimed at children from 2 to 12 years old. Those activities are playful, but always educational. The topics include reading and typing, arithmetics, geography, sciences, and other topics. It is meant to be used both at home and at school. 0005 0006 0007 ***Core values 0008 0009 In GCompris all the activities follow the same core values: 0010 0011 - we do not follow a specific country curriculum because we want to be international 0012 - as we want to be international it makes some developments more complex but we are happy to do it 0013 - we don't force children to follow a specific path in the software 0014 - we don't put time limit because this kind of tuning exclude children with disabilities 0015 - we let the children select the difficulty level and do nothing to determine it is appropriate or not for her 0016 - we do nothing to make the children addict 0017 - the software does not replace a teacher or a parent 0018 - the software does not really teach, it is a complement to a traditional teaching course 0019 - activities must bring something more than doing the same activity on paper 0020 0021 0022 ***Distribution 0023 0024 The source code of GCompris is under GNU GPLv3, except for the engine of analog electricity which is under GNU AGPLv3, causing the whole software to be licensed under GNU AGPLv3. It is free software. It runs best on Free-Software operating systems like GNU/Linux. 0025 0026 We also support proprietary operating systems, OSX, Windows and Android. For Android, you can get it either from the F-Droid store or the Google Play Store. 0027 0028 Note that the latest version of GCompris for iOS is not available. 0029 0030 0031 **Quick start tour 0032 0033 On first launch, we ask to download the pack of voices depending on selected language if it is not already done, as well as the additional image set and background music. 0034 0035 On the main menu page, the activities are listed by categories, with the different animals and their attributes at the top. 0036 Some categories have subcategories too to better filter activities. 0037 0038 - The cat is for computer activities, where children can learn to use a keyboard and a mouse or touchpad. 0039 - The penguin (Tux, the mascot of Linux) is for discovery activities, to initiate and discover lot of different topics, like logic, fine arts and music. 0040 - The pig is for sciences activities, experimentation, history and geography topics. 0041 - The dragon (Konqi, the mascot of KDE), is for fun activities, which are more relaxing and... fun. 0042 - The sheep is for math activities, to learn numeration, arithmetic and measures. 0043 - The panda is for puzzle activities, with all kinds of puzzle games to learn logic. 0044 - The cow is for reading activities, to learn letters and words. 0045 - The frog is for strategy activities, with some classical strategy games including checkers and chess. 0046 0047 On the left, the Sun is meant to access your favorite set of activities. To add an activity to favorites, click the little Sun icon on it to activate it. 0048 0049 On the right, there is a search category where you can find activities by keywords. 0050 0051 The activities also have some difficulty indications, with the little stars on the top-left corner of their icons. It goes from 1 yellow star for the easiest to 3 red stars for the hardest. 0052 0053 On the bottom, there is the menu-bar, which different controls depending on the activity running. 0054 In the main menu page, this bar contains: 0055 0056 - A quit button 0057 - The G button to access infos about GCompris 0058 - The question mark to access the help page 0059 - The Settings button to access the global settings page. 0060 - The multiple dataset button to choose the levels of the activities depending on several objectives. 0061 0062 0063 **Main options 0064 0065 In the global settings page, you find several options to configure the software to your needs. 0066 0067 - Enable audio voices: to turn off/on the voices 0068 - Enable audio effects: to turn off/on the sound effects 0069 - Audio effects volume: to increase/decrease the sound effects volume 0070 - Download background music: to download the background music 0071 - Enable background music: to turn off/on the background music 0072 - Background music: if background music is enabled, displays the current music information 0073 - Background music volume: to increase/decrease the background music volume 0074 0075 - Fullscreen: start in fullscreen or window mode 0076 - virtual keyboard: to add a virtual keyboard on the screen 0077 0078 - Enable automatic downloads/updates of sound files: if you disable it, GCompris will never automatically download any additional content. 0079 - Download full word image set: to download the full word image set used in all vocabulary activities (if not installed, GCompris uses a shipped subset of images). 0080 0081 - The activity section menu is visible: with this option you can restrict the user to the current section selected. So if you add some favorites, when starting with this option it will only show those. 0082 0083 - The next setting is for the font, where you can select a different font type and adapt the size. 0084 We ship two fonts, Andika-R.otf which supports lots of languages, and OpenDyslexic-Regular.ttf for those who need it. Else you can select any third-party font installed in your system instead. 0085 The Default Button restores the default font size. 0086 0087 - Then a setting about font capitalization: you can select only lower case or only upper case instead of Mixed case. 0088 0089 - You can adapt the letter spacing 0090 0091 - Very important setting: set the application language with the language selector 0092 The line under shows if you already have the corresponding voices, the button next to it allows to download them. 0093 0094 - Another very important setting: Difficulty filter 0095 with this, you can select which activities should be available depending on their difficulty level. 0096 It is a fast and simple way to adapt the content to the user level. 0097 0098 0099 **Contact 0100 0101 mailing list: email@example.com 0102 0103 email: firstname.lastname@example.org