Announcement – Kattatra Menporul – Book release – SFD 2008

September 19, 2008

A book on Free Software Philosophy containing selected essays of Richard M. Stallman is being released in Tamil, as part of Software Freedom Day Celebrations, 2008.

Book Info:

Name: Kattatra Menporul
Author: Richard M. Stallman
Translation by: Sri Ramadoss M
Published by: Aazhi Publishers, Kodambakkam, Chennai – 24. Ph: +91 44 43587585

The book will be released as part of following events:

1) Software Freedom Day Celebrations – 2008
Jaya Engineering College,

Date: 20 Sep 08
Time: 9.30 AM

Contact Person: Sivaji – +91 99415 71690

2) Freedom & Software Meeting
Russian Cultural Center
27 Kasturi Ranga Road, (near Cathedral Road)

Date: 21 Sep 2008
Time: 4.00 PM

Contact Person: N Balaji – +91 98407 87427

You are cordially invited to attend the event(s) and pass on this message. Lets make it a memorable one.

PS: You can also help organizing a release party at your place with GNU/ Linux enthusiasts around. For more details mail us separately.

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SFD 2008 Special – Free Software Philosophy Publication in Tamil

September 18, 2008
Free Software - Richard M Stallman - Tamil

Free Software - Richard M Stallman - Tamil

I hope this book will aid the efforts to convince Tamil Nadu to follow the path of Kerala: to migrate the public schools to free software. – Richard M Stallman, Sep 11, 2008

Where, When and How? Just wait the info is on its way 🙂

Letters to be made better…

September 14, 2008

Not all fonts that we use today for Tamil are perfect Unicode fonts. There are make shift that will do the job. Also the total number of Tamil fonts properly free software licensed and made available at GNU/ Linux distributions are also very little. That made us organize a two day workshop on fonts creation at NRCFOSS, Chennai.

Hiren Venugopalan from Swatantra Malayalam Computing came forward to conduct the sessions. Special thanks to him for having done this setting aside Onam celebrations.

The two day session introduced us various free tools involved in font making – fontforge, inkscape, gimp, imagemagick etc., and ways to edit modify, create them. Presentation related to this event can be downloaded from

A project & team has been created at launchpad for making and maintaining better Tamil Fonts available with Ubuntu and other GNU/ Linux Distributions.

Snaps taken at the event can be viewed by clicking here.