* Manuel Schneider <manuel.schneider(a)wikimedia.ch> [Wed, 17 Feb 2010
have you ever looked into openZIM? The ZIM file format
offers a highly
compressed storage which includes a fulltext search index.
Currently there are Kiwix as a GUI reader application and the
as a webserver available, along with special readers
The Wikimedia Foundation is working on providing regular ZIM dumps of
their wikis along with the SQL and XML dumps.
Certainly, a regularly updated compact offline version would be great
for many purposes (eg. educational).
I hope that reader will be available for different platforms, including
the mobile ones (mobile internet here in developing countries is not so
cheap comparing to ADSL).