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Windows of opportunity for Nepali computing

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For the first time non-English speaking Nepalis who were excluded can now use the computer not just for word processing but for database, spreadsheets, layout, inernet and email also. And they have two alternatives to choose from: Windows XP or Linux.

The two platforms are based on different philosophies and consumers can choose the system that suits them best. But the presence of an open source and proprietary software is bound to set off a debate in Nepal about licensing and pirated software.

“We were trying to teach the English language to Nepalis so they could use computers but we decided it’s much easier to teach computers Nepali,” says MPP’s Outreach Officer, Kedar Sharma. NepaLinux allows users to copy or redistribute the product and since the source code is open, developers can freely customise and may further develop the available products.

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Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP), a non-government organization of Nepal, has launched free/open source "NepaLinux", Nepali version of Linux, MPP said here Friday.
Nepali version of Linux launched in Kathmandu.

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