Open source computing desktop in Indian languages

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It's becoming increasingly easy to "communicate with computers in mother tongues" with free and open source software solutions now working better with a range of languages from Asia.

Bigger language groups are especially better off, like Assamese, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu, according to an article in the New Delhi-based trade magazine Linux For You.

"Localisation is one subject that interests all Linux enthusiasts," says technocrat Ravishankar Srivastava. Srivastava is among those credited with having contributed significantly to the spurt of interest in local language computing in the free and open source software world in India.

But a few additional settings and configuration are needed to get the Indian-language solutions working, he says. Ubuntu Linux also requires installing an additional 'language pack' to get it going with Indian languages.

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