Friday Sep 08, 2006

Some updates

It has been a long time. Lot of water has passed under the bridge. I have moved to a new team. Part of the Sun Grid team now.
On the localisation front, if you didnt know yet, Tamil is one of the first new locale that made it to OpenSolaris. This effort jumpstarted some colleagues, Raju Alluri and Kesari Mandyam to add locales for Telugu and Kannada. Very soon, we can see OpenSolaris in Indian languages.
I am running into some translation hurdles though. My home system still does not support Solaris (old network card, Compex). So, I thought I will do the translation in Linux (Ubuntu) using gtranslator. None of the Solaris .po file (untranslated) were opening. A 'msgfmt x.po' gave many syntax errors. So, it looks like I have to get my home system with Solaris, soon. (Siva- move your lazy a$$ and get a modern NIC card). Will post you on my progress later (Not so much later, I assure you).

Tuesday Jan 31, 2006

Solaris & Tamil - Part II

More updates. I have, with the help of OpenSolaris/Sun folks, have successfully created a Tamil locale for Solaris (10). Now, I can set the locale (in my .dtprofile) to ta_IN.UTF-8 and can see the GNOME (JDS) desktop in Tamil :-) (well most of it).
Though I see a similar rendering issue in GNOME terminal. (swapping of characters), while all other apps (panel on menu items, metacity on window titles) seem to render them okay.
Next step is to get the X11/Openwin part of the localisation, I guess.

Screenshot

Contains: Gedit with a Tamil text, Firefox (built with --enable-pango), Run dialog, GNOME-terminal (compare the date output with the one on the panel on top).

Siva

Tuesday Jan 17, 2006

Solaris & Tamil


Ever since I saw the multi language capabilities of KDE (back in 1997/1998), I wanted to have my desktop at work to be in Tamil, my mother tongue. I then become the Tamil language coordinator and worked to get an Indic language officially release part of KDE 2.0.1. Even though it was easy(ier) in Linux, seeing Tamil on Solaris/sparc had been a challenge always and my passion.
Now with Sun behind GNOME, in my spare time, I try to make Tamil work on Solaris (sparc, in particular). Like, compiling the GTK2-IM modules for Tamil in my workstation or compiling my own version of Firefox with --enable-pango. Without this option, Tamil Unicode websites (like http://ta.wikipedia.org) does not render correctly. My request to enable this by default in Solaris contrib builds has been shot down though.
I can now read and write (With setting GTK_IM_MODULE=tamilvp_uni) in Tamil, in the GNOME desktop as well as in Firefox (like this blog, even though there are some bugs)

தமிழ் படிக்க தெரிந்த அனைவருக்கும் எனது வணக்கங்கள்!!
அனைவருக்கும எனது இனிய பொங்கல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!

Siva
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