[Fwd: [Fsf-friends] incomplete (SMC) Swantantra Malayalam
arun at gnu.org.in
Mon Feb 2 08:43:06 IST 2004
I dont know how to respond to this mail.
May be it is better to be silent to this mail.
Did this guy contact any of the active members or
contributers of SMC ? Wondering how he made this discovery.
Malayalam localisation lags behind now. But is a fact that till
few months back. It was the leading it and contributed to other
localisation initiatives. And may be SMC is only localisatio
project which is in field already. It is being used by small
SHGs in Trivandrum. And the live CDs are in circulation among
Regarding the work being done:
1. Patch for the gtk development version is being made
2. gnome print integration seems to have stopped. Cheam
who was assigned with this worked died in an accident.
Few days back i reassigned the bugzilla report. May be some
of us should take up this task.
3. Openoffice ??
4. QT renderer seems to be perfect, thanks to Sajith. So kde translation
can be started. Some on should take up the task of converting the
gnome database to KDE. (It shouldnt be a difficult task)
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Subject: [fsug-cusat] incomplete Swantantra Malayalam Computing
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Well showing a few screenshots of how a Malayalam Gnu/Linux will look is
really very impressive for the layman. But that is no way to impress
the guys here with a solution for a Malayalam desktop. The Swatantra
Malayalam Computing (SMC) hasnt achieved anything by showing a few pics
on a malayalam destop working on someone elses computer. Its easy to
show some one that 'I have created a malayalam gnome by showing how it
works on my computer and others who need to see this can come to my
house. Every One Is Invited.' Thanks but no.
Its really easy to show the desktop icon names using a changed font,
edit a few files so that a few of the easy applications are now in
malayalam, rename the menu items with the font and worst of all show a
web page that shows a malayalam site in full screen. This could be done
on any gnu system. If this were to be seen by people of other languages
they would laugh at our face saying these malayalees are'nt even capable
of creating a locale of their own, and so doesnt have even the basic
qualification to stand among us in the hall of locales.
As far as I know, if I am right, the first meeting for the necessity of
Indians to have a localized operating system to suit their purposes was
first held at Trivandrum in around 1999. The meeting concluded with a
descision to make localized versions of desktops for all the languages
in India. And after this, it was descided to form a group of developers
in kerala to do the specific task. It was called SMC and most of them
were from Trivandrum. They started their work on it, and after 3 years
these pictures and a few files on how to do this on your computer, is
what they have achieved.
The SMC's developers were properly funded and in the end we get to know
that the work they have done is using a patented by some one else and
could lead to patent problems in the future.They had taken pango as the
rendering engine and used a code to support indic module which was a
patented technology from IBM. Then how do we call it Swatantra Malayalam
Computing. 'I am really proud of you guys. You have done a really great
work'. The SMC's GPL'ed otf fonts were made from rachana fonts which was
owned by the rachana group and also not even in GPL. This font could
have later on made drastic impact on the project if the rachana team
went to sue them in the court. But its only a few days back that the
rachana came under the GPL.
But I am happy that their work could'nt materialize otherwise, it would
have roused too many complications. Every one is free to correct me
where i went wrong.
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