Ubuntu to support local languages with boot time
By siliconindia | Friday, 29 April 2011, 00:25 IST
Hyderabad: Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu a fast-growing open-source operating system on April 28, 2011 for public download. Ubuntu 11.04 stands out from its competitors as a genuine free alternative to Windows, allowing users to personalise their PC with free and paid apps in a way that is proven hugely popular in the smartphone and tablet market. Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical said "This release breaks new ground for Ubuntu by offering users a PC experience that is stylish and efficient..With this release Ubuntu will recruit an entirely new wave of users for free software. Ubuntu 11.04 is a high watermark for what has been achieved with open-source technologies for the everyday computer user." Ubuntu supports 10 Indian languages - two more than the previous release; Bengali; English; Gujarati; Hindi; Kannada; Malayalam; Marathi; Nepali; Tamil; Telugu. The availability of language at the time of boot will help the everyday user start using Ubuntu without the knowledge of English. Arjuna Rao Chavala, Ubuntu Telugu Localisation Coordinator said that as several graphical user interfaces and applications like Firefox and Libreoffice that are shipped with Ubuntu are already available in local languages. Several portals are also providing information in local languages. This will help people including school students and elders to start using computers in their native languages. In addition, Ubuntu is the first operating system that supports the Rupee Symbol, which has recently been approved by the Indian government to be used. It will be possible to test-drive Ubuntu online using only the browser. Visitors to Ubuntu.com will be able to access a complete version of the latest product without having to download anything. All that is required is an internet connection.