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I have translated the static data of Distrowatch in Tamil. So now you can read your favourite Distrowatch in Tamil also. Already Hindi and Bengali versions available. Thank you, Ladislav Bodnar (Distrowatch maintainer) for accepting my translation. This translation has been done from English to Tamil using Anna University Technical Dictionary.

Here are a few screenshots of Distrowatch in Tamil.

dw-tamil1.PNG dw-tamil2.PNG

Here is a link to view Distrowatch in Tamil. Any comments and suggestion are welcome.

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Enabling Tamil input method on Ubuntu Linux 6.06 LTD (Dapper Drake) is so sweet and simple. Here is an HowTo on that. It involves three steps:

1. Enabling Extra Repositories:

  • System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
    1. Settings -> Repositories
    2. In the Installation Media tab, click Add. There are three separate repositories; Dapper Drake, Security Updates and Updates. Select each repository and check Officially supported, Restricted copyright, Community maintained (Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse). Ensure you click OK between each repository to save your changes
    3. You should now see those three repositories under Channels. Make sure Officially supported, Restricted copyright, Community maintained (Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse) appears under each repository
    4. To refresh the list of known packages (equivalent to apt-get update)
      • Edit Menu ->Reload Package Information

2. Installing Tamil Fonts

Search for following packages in Synaptic Package Manager and install the same with all dependencies:

1. ttf-tamil-fonts
3. Installing SCIM Input Method

Search for following packages in Synaptic Package Manager and install the same with all dependencies:

1. scim 2. scim-gtk2-immodule 3. scim-tables-additional

How to type in Tamil:

1. Open Gedit Editor through Applications -> Accessories -> Text Editor.

2. Right-click at Text area, select Input Method -> SCIM Input

3. You can notice a small toolbar at the bottom right of the screen. Select Tamil Keyboard layout from the menu on that toolbar.

4. Start typing in the text editor. You will get Tamil characters.

Happy editing hours with Tamil. Let us take Tamil to next generation!

Note: I don’t have access to Ubuntu right now. So any correction and omissions on this posting is welcome.

I have installed SimplyMEPIS 3.4-1 (RC1) in my nx6120 HP Laptop. Hardware detection is simply superb. Almost all the hardware are working out of the box without any configuration. This is the first Linux desktop I have seen working most of the hardware without going and tweaking in command shell. OS Centre tool is doing wonder.

But I had a issue of not able to see the complex script fonts like my mother tongue, Tamil in Firefox (It works with Konqueror). Complex script is enabled in firefox with the help of pango library. By default this library is disable in firefox configuration. The workaround is just adding “MOZ_ENABLE_PANGO=1” in /etc/mozilla-firefox/mozilla-firefoxrc file. Now restart the firefox. Now you can see the complex script fonts like indian fonts properly.

My hope for Linux Desktop goes high after experiencing the MEPIS. Simply Superb! This is a good distribution for beginners to start!

You can also try by downloading it from here.